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CAREFUL - Drunk Dial #7 {Drunk Dial} This is the new project of Dave Williams who was previously in CRUSADES and had a stint in the STEVE ADAMYK BAND. As always with these neat, usually intoxicated-while-recording 7”s, you get an original and a cover. The original, ‘Comeuppance’ is a surprisingly breezy, rocking semi-acoustic strum in the mould of LEMONHEADS or MOVING TARGETS. There’s some bright keyboard runs, solid drumming to keep the track pushing along and a vocal that’s soaring. Killer track - an album is needed! The cover is a take on ‘Ingrown’ by Sydney band, SMUDGE - and it’s something that could’ve fitted on ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ without a problem. There’s some incendiary guitar work going on under the acoustics and a vocal that Dando would probably sell a tonsil for these days. A killer single that’s driven by Power Pop laced with laconic melodic Indie-Punk muscle. As said, we really need an album. (28.08.21)

CLANCY, ALISON - Mutant Gifts {Independent Project Records} Coming outta New York, ALISON CLANCY releases this three-track, exquisitely packed CDEP. It’s very mellow, coming on a bit like an ethereal KATE BUSH fused with LYDIA LUNCH at her most esoteric and serene. CLANCY herself plays guitar with multiple looped signatures and is joined by Brent Arnold on cello. Have to say, it’s a tad too... sedate for me. The lead track is repeated in a shorter, radio edit former while opener, ‘Dreamland Tokyo’ is an instrumental that you could almost imagine THURSTON MOORE doing for some kinda art film score. Lovely, over-sized CD packaging again from IPR that includes three photographic cards and letterpress sleeve. Beautiful. While this is the least impressive release I’ve heard from this label, it still held the interest. (11.06.22)

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