One of those records where you have to mention the album art. There you go, I've mentioned it. It's very good. Butterfly Child's Onomatopoeia was first released in 1993 but has been given a smooth remaster on Dell'Orso. A great mix of electronica and post-rock and for fans of Bark Psychosis...I suppose? Available on double vinyl LP and CD.
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Ian keeps banging on to me about Butterfly Child. One of those bands I missed in the 90s when I was too busy trying to figure out Bark Psychosis. I only heard their most recent record 'Futures' but Ian reckons this is where it's at. With tracks like 'Lunar Clipse' I tend to agree. This is fantastic '80s/'90s indie that bouncing along like an excitable puppy. Full of vim and vigour it's the kind of music that I just love immediately. Thing is Butterfly Child go all over the shop in this release interrupting their guitar pop with all kinds of ideas that sometimes work, sometimes don't. 'Who Said What to Whom' is one of those times white guys try to semi-rap and musically it's percussive pounding recalls Moonshake but to me Butterfly Child are better when being pretty. 'Young Virgins Call For Mutiny' is littered with sun spangled acoustic guitars and sits in the exact midpoint between Sun Kil Moon and Epic 45 whilst there's a panpipes make you laugh out loud moment on 'Triumphant' - the sort of track that will have fans of St Christopher rejoicing that someone also made music a bit like them.
Sarah Records is definitely a pointer but there are experimental electronics bits too which puts them nearer the ballpark of the early post-rocky bands like AR Kane, Northern Picture Library and even Seefeel. So a joyous pop album with weird bits. Just my cup of tea.
8/10 Jack Customer review, 29th December 2017
This album is a lot softer than Soft Explosives, Onomatopoeia is a whirlwind replayed in slo-mo so no one can miss the intricate beauty that spins all over this record. You can see Joe Cassidy is moving into a more pop direction with this album, but he's always going to have that ethereal voice and gorgeous writing style. A tremendous, subtle, charming album. Full of a wide range of sounds and complex lyrics; this will haunt your dreams. A lot like a combination of Moose and The Field Mice, but with greater dynamics.
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