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Tickley Feather

Some of Tickley Feather’s new album HORS D’OEUVRES has that oddly-produced "sonic glare" that I associate with (her labelmates) Animal Collective’s MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION. Some of it is the tinkly stuff that tips over from "hypnogogic pop" to The New Twee. Some of it’s the sort of stuff you think of when you realise that Ariel Pink might actually just be the new Daniel Johnston with better medication. But this, the opening piece… not only does it weirdly remind me of Danielle Dax for some reason, but it’s the first best point on the record where her aesthetic really works and comes alive. It’s got all the fuzzy fragile lo-fi "hypnogogic" (is that term going to stick? Will I be able to drop the quotation marks soon?) signifiers… but it does something else, it pulses and lopes, sways and glows. It’s a fun record, with some high moments. But this is best. (It’s not on eMusic yet, for some vile reason, so don’t look there.)


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  1. Kemper Norton Kemper Norton

    It’s the bass that makes this one good.

  2. Max Max

    There’s many a comparison with Animal Collective but I don’t quite get it yet. I’ve borrowed the album from a friend with the intention of buying it from when she tours the UK in November and my first impression is that it isn’t as dynamic as Post Merriweather. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t got qualities that appeals to me though. Definiteley liking what i hear so far and looking forward to her appearance in Manchester (2/11/09).

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