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Sky Girl / Efficient Space

Test Pressing, Review, Sky Girl, Efficient Space, Noise In My Head, Julien Dechery, DJ Sundae, France, Australia, Idle Press

Two years in the making, “Sky Girl”, the second release on Austalia`s Noise In My Head`s re-issue arm, Efficient Space, is a compilation put together by Frenchmen Julien Dechery and DJ Sundae (formerly of Hollie now Idle Press Records). If you`ve heard the mixtape that Sundae compiled for “Wow Magazine” then you`ll know that “Sky Girl” is something special. More Global business, its destinations are obviously France and the Antipodes, but various of the 50 States and the U.K. also get a look in. Potentially “Compilation Of The Year”, “Sky Girl” does for Outsider Folk / Rock what Chocolate Industries “Personal Space” did for basement-studio-recorded Funk and Psychemagik`s “Magik Sunset / Sunrise” series did for privately-pressed Cosmic / Balearic.

Poems are set to Shoegaze. Cold Wave does Cod Reggae. Hired Hands play bottleneck Blues. Folk gets born-again. Texans make classic lovelorn jangle. Feminists hammer out Disco on a Casio keyboard. Monks sing a psychedelic prayer. A doomed Rock `N` Roll ballad travels down Wanda Jackson`s “Funnel Of Love”, drenched in JA echo a la Nora Dean`s “Angie La La”, shipwrecked on Eden Ahbez` desert island. Bontempi Jazz crooners dream like Daniel Johnston OD`d on Prozac, on holiday in the Caribbean. Childhood friendships disappear into adulthood. Dada Parisians make an Art Of Noise demo. Bedsit Synth Pop sits next to Woody Guthrie`s daughter. Then it ends in tremolo and reverb.

The pieces here date from between 1961 and 1991 and vary greatly in method, yet “Sky Girl” has a theme: “Love And Its Pitfalls” told via fifteen impossibly rare, low budget, Lo-Fi, one-off renditions. These are five of my favourites. “Sarra” stole my heart.

“Sky Girl” hits the shops today, and you can order directly here.

Test Pressing, Review, Sky Girl, Efficient Space, Noise In My Head, Julien Dechery, DJ Sundae, France, Australia, Idle Press

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