This is a weird but utterly brilliant record, and I'd encourage you to investigate without delay
Alex Delivery – Star Destroyer
You heard of Alex Delivery? No, neither had I, and the reason I'm reviewing it is quite by chance. We stuck this CD on the player on Saturday during a quiet moment, (it has a painting of a unicorn on the cover; we like unicorns at Incendiary...) and found ourselves dragged into a quite crazy state of affairs.
Simply put, it's an astonishing listen. Opener Komad is a stop start and very intense affair, awash with treated synth noises that are just on the right side of jarring; somehow after a reflective opening the track adopts what seems to be a Spandau Ballet riff and utterly mangles it, albeit in an incredibly charming way. After that you need time to draw your breath. Luckily Rainbows gives you chance to do that; it's a simple enough ballad, though not without the odd strange noise floating about. Simple is not a word you could use to describe the following track, Milan. After a relatively peaceful beginning, a jaunty synth melody takes over and things get like early, Ruckzuck-era Kraftwerk only more symphonic. It's magnificent. After that we have a slothful, noisy incantation (seemingly in a bombed fairground) that operates under the name of Scotty. Once the pounding has stopped, Sheath – Wet continues the early Kraftwerk groove, albeit with some charming vocal reflections. Like the opener, it's an invigorating piece of music. Last up is Vesna, a soft lullaby utilising bird sounds and an old piano amongst other things...
This is a weird but utterly brilliant record, and I'd encourage you to investigate without delay.
Words: Richard Foster