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It’s a Clinic single. What do you think it sounds like?
Oh, Füxa, you’ve changed. You’re not the band I fell in love with. You have four people now, and none of them are Ryan Anderson. The days of mellow organ loops and hoovering through a phase pedal seem long gone. This is an odd, kind of jazzy electronic affair, but has plenty of Füxa trademarks. Namely, it’s on a super-cool label (Static Caravan), on splattery clear vinyl, and it’s good.
This is a classy little package. The vinyl is a very nice shade of orange, with a very cute green and white middle. It also has a CD, to save us the effort of dragging the computer to the stereo to get two songs on our iPod.
The CD is a home-made shade of blue, but has a TEXTURED label! TEXTURED LIKE THE GROOVES OF A RECORD! The middle is in correct proportion to look just like a scaled down seven, though the pedants among us will note that the grooves appear to be concentric circles, rather than a spiral, and there seem to be three songs, though the disk only holds two.
We’ve already established this is well worth the purchase price, but what’s the music like? Does it matter? I think not, but if you do, it’s a decent piece of retro psych-pop.
Rough Trade rarely release a bad record these days. The mail order even seems to have been sorted out, though it’ll never be right without Delia. Given this is the Hidden Cameras, it’s not very rude, and not especially gay. But it’s still clappy, happy, and quite possibly slappy.
For some reason this isn’t quite as good as you think it should be. Possibly that’s because it’s recorded in such a way as to sound as if the band are playing at the bottom of your garden, or possibly at the other end of a telephone. Worth it for the way she sings “Dancing in the living room/Light supplied by the moon”.
I have a couple of friends who love The Gossip. I’ve only got the single they released on K, and I don’t really think it’s that good. This, however, I like. The singer is so cool, and I can’t just sit still in the same room as that bass line. I think I was wrong about The Gossip, and that K single’s going to get dug out PDQ.
I’m not cut out for reviewing records. Aside from the fact that I’m too lazy, don’t get any freebies, have nothing original to say, and generally no aptitude for the task, I don’t like slagging people off. I was always taught that if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Well, sometimes a record comes along about which you can’t think of anything to say. It’s not that it’s a bad record by any means, but I simply don’t know what to say about it. It isn’t anything to my ears. But on the back of the lovely sleeve it says it was recorded from January to June 2006. Someone put so much effort into this; really cares about it, and I just don’t get it. I don’t have it in me to flippantly dismiss it. You might like it. I don’t know. Really, record reviews are pointless, especially on a zero traffic website.