It’s mostly the work of one chap, Jean-Emmanuelle Kreiger, who takes a grandiose High European stand on re-working aspects of the Cocteau Twins’ guitar sounds on Moon and the Melodies LP (he must be a big fan of that).
What this compilation does is show just how inventive and off-the-cuff incidental music used to be before execs started nabbing standard chart sounds (or similar) to fill out their programmes.
Despite the odd super-twee moment, it’s a very, very enjoyable pop LP. One for summer.
What really pins it all together though, are the strength of the hooks, the simple pop structures and the feeling that this record isn’t just a set of references thrown together, but the work of a band which wants to communicate with its audience.
The best gig we did was up in Cumbria in Barrow in Furness. It was really odd, all the locals and some artists, it felt like a youth group…
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The Antlers are a strange bunch, the bass player & singer looks for all the world like an overgrown teenage prop forward.
In conclusion it’s not breaking any new ground, sonically, but it’s a hell of a record made by a band in their prime.
…this record boasts a High Art Rock vibe with a capital A, despite the slacker posturing. Whisper it, but it’s like White Heat/White Light at moments. Hot stuff indeed.
There is a scruffy charm about the whole thing, and despite the dissonance and playing around with found sounds, everything holds together remarkably well.