If hauntological music is a simple exercise in nostalgia then clearly it has failed. If all it conjures up are memories of waiting for the pips to go out before the science for schools programme started then the most it can do is put a wry smile on the face.
In fact the whole album is pretty wonderful. It manages to be both avant garde and fun at the same time.
…tonight these uncultured ears hear some mad psychedelic wangling of traditional Eastern form through a bedazzled elektro bağlama, endless driving rhythm, the downright folksy strains of a German chanteuse, a reverb-drenched whistle or two and somebody quite at home behind a noise-box, making funny noises surrounded by cymbals.
Doiron has got a dreamy lilt to her voice; she never seems quite serious on I Wonder… or, at any road ready to adopt a ‘heavy’ persona to suit a song’s or sound’s mood.
You’d suspect the instrumentation is deliberately sotto enough for you to play this record after one too many in the old Legless Arms the previous night.
The postcard cost Secunda the job of managing the band, and it cost the band a shed-load of money. The Ratlingate Scout Appeal was probably very happy with their share of the royalties, though.
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Along with songs about college kids, Parisian girls and alcoholism he even finds time to make a love song out of attending an academic conference (mentioning powerpoint slides along the way).
I struggle to think of anyone I’ve seen make songs which are almost 20 years old seem so fresh and timeless.