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Documenta / Drone Pop #1 / Touch Sensitive

Test Pressing, Dr Rob, Review, Drone Pop #1, Documenta, Touch Sensitive, David Holmes, Belfast, Ireland

From a wall of guitar “Idle Hands” pick out melody with a “What Difference Does It Make?” twang. Vocals hush over a syncopated Lascelles Lascelle-like battery. A music epic in ambition. “Spanish Artist” might be a reference to Pink Floyd`s “More”, its sunshine lead all filigree and no shadow. A Stone Roses bass line on Spiritualized “Electric Mainline”. Primal Scream when they still wanted to be The Byrds. Church organ drones segue into a gothic grind. “Selene” stirs a strange brew of Bauhaus and Sigur Ros. Huge Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa euphoric swells partner “Urban Guerilla” fuzz freakouts. “Chiaroscuro” has Mighty Lemon Drops tribal banging hold hands with Bright Black Morning Light on a tambourine-taping Blues for one more lysergic sunrise. “Horror Vacui II” shares the ambience of label mate The Host`s menace-edged New Age. “The Day My Heart Stood Still” takes a funky trip inside the 13th Floor Elevators House.

Test Pressing, Dr Rob, Review, Drone Pop #1, Documenta, Touch Sensitive, David Holmes, Belfast, Ireland

“Love As A Ghost”, co-produced by David Holmes, blows `60s girl group Pop bubblegum as re-imagined by The Jesus & Mary Chain. An MBV see-sawing tremolo riff echoes Kevin Shield`s work for “Lost In Translation”, but sonically speaking it`s Richard Fearless` “Girls” from the same soundtrack, or Johnny Boy`s “You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes” if it were covered by Tropic Of Cancer. Drums suck backwards, their vacuum pulling everything with it. Like a goodbye replayed from memory, a retracing of steps. Trying to pinpoint where you went wrong. It`s how I would have liked Holmes` current Unloved project to sound. Peaking Lights` “936” if it were more Phil Spector than Lee “Scratch” Perry.

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