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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover LP 2007

What is it?
Spencer Krug from Wolf Parade's experimental offshoot project go berserk with complex instrumentation and eccentric wordplay. 

Why should you listen?
It takes a bit of getting used to and on the first couple of listens Random Spirit Lover can sound plodding and self indulgent. But persevere and the subtleties begin to emerge; the frenzied vocals, the fairground organ melodies and native American style big drum beat. It's a surreal mix of clashing instruments, Punch and Judy show delivery and medieval wandering minstrel lyrics. On the right day at the right moment it's just what you need. 

What's it like?
It's like the common room in Batman's Arkham Asylum where someone has provided a big box of musical instruments and the inmates grab them and start improvising. Then the Joker starts to sing...

What's the best song?
"Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days" is a suitably full-on, ghost train ride of an introduction to the LP.

Who does it sound like?
No-one really, but reminds me a bit of Syd Barrett.

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