Populous with Short Stories – Drown in Basic

"There are 12 tracks that are less than two and a half minutes in length. Steve is very representative of the LP; a shimmering childbeat propels a glittering synth melody, and suddenly you get a feeling of dreamy summer afternoons walking silently through parks with the girl you secretly fancy."

Populous with Short Stories – Drown in Basic


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A top, top LP; nodding to rave culture, Brian Wilson and Scritti Politti in equal measure. This is a set of ethereal moods and snatched moments, akin to hearing a pop song you like fleetingly in the street. Only Hope and Days (you’ll recognise the riff) have an MBV slacker feel to it (there’s a lot that feels that it’s drawing on the feelings and of the Rave Scene/Scene that Celebrates Itself generation).


 


There are lots of very short tracks, which rely on a pattering drum machine and reedy, ethereal synth murmurings, and that gives a Cluster vibe to tracks like Porcelain and the brilliant Raimondo and a Scritti Politti feel to stuff like Man Overboard, The Holy See and Royal Gold.


 


There are 12 tracks that are less than two and a half minutes in length. Steve is very representative of the LP; a shimmering childbeat propels a glittering synth melody, and suddenly you get a feeling of dreamy summer afternoons walking silently through parks with the girl you secretly fancy. It’s awash with teenage regret. All too soon the feeling goes, only (in this LP’s case) to be replaced with the next snapshot.


 


A wonderful release, get this if you’re feeling romantic.


 

Words: Richard Foster