…this LP draws heavily from the templates laid down by people like Scott Walker, or Argento, or Divine Comedy, where easy listening, film soundtracks and a light sort of disco froth form a rich, often queasy mix, like Baileys and brandy.
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There’s a lot of staring into the bottom of a half empty glass, the opener and title track is some bucolic lament in an empty, echoing ballroom, very reminiscent of Pink Elephants by Mick Harvey.
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It’s an energetic record too: full of arching choruses that vault and swoop. Like some desperate street trader looking to hold a crowd’s attention Opossom pitch these chorus lines at you without worrying about the result.
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Moon Duo are great at taking hoary old riffs – long patented by the original masterworks – and long sucked dry by lesser artists – and restoring them, giving them a new lease of life.
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As a listener you could – if you stick to the “script” too closely – run the danger of too quick a judgement on this LP: because as a piece of music, (like his previous work) and uninhibited by any conceit, it’s great fun.
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You know we’d maybe make a dub record, we’ve thought of making a dub record. That should happen at some point. It will happen after we have new stuff, but you’ve got to take things from dub and keep it Rats. We can’t be just appropriating it. But we love reggae….
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…a quietly surprising and enervating listen: there are no trademark scathing guitar runs – you get the feeling that the discipline of making a record without an electric guitar has concentrated the mind on the job in hand. And as such the pieces, although intricately worked out, seem to allow other, previously unknown ideas and goals to bubble up to the surface.
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Talking of yearning after unattainable goals here’s Scott in 2008: ‘Essentially, I’m really trying to find a way to talk about the things that cannot be spoken of.’
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Everything Schellinx does is playful to a degree, the heavy stuff is there of course, but that’s down to you to dig deep. He is adept at setting up preposterous ideas and pulling them off…
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Moshing at Space Siren? A month ago that would have been unthinkable. Now it’s as if that confidence in celebrating something good hit the audience foursquare.
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