Reviewed by Mike Barton (losingToday.com)
If like me there’s a point in the day (usually late a night immersed in a steaming hot bath) where you need to stop for time to call your own, to take only your daydreams or whimsical thoughts for company, then may I recommend you take this charming debut along for the privacy.
‘Special Forces’ doesn’t lend itself easily to the rigours of the daytime, its almost privately sensitive demeanour is hopelessly shy in need of your full
Reviewed by mikerak (logarhythm)
This album is a prime example of why I believe that Planet Mu is one of the best record labels around. The output is always of fantastic quality, even if I don’t like it all (I don’t want to like everything a label puts out, it means they ain’t experimenting enough). It’s always kept extremely varied, from the fitting, spazzzing madness of Snares and Hellfish at one end of the spectrum and Julian Fane at the other. Special Forces is one of the
JULIAN FANE - Special Forces
Although ‘interesting’ is not a very interesting word, I would still apply it, in a positive fashion, to this debut release from Julian Fane, which could turn out to be an uncut diamond. Special Forces is an untypical release from the Planet Mu label, which usually prefers to concentrate on uptempo, break-driven tunes. However,
Reviewed by Lee Henderson (Junkmedia)
Special Forces is a tender, sincere debut album of minor chords and operatic shapes, made by one young man in complete seclusion. Out of thin air comes Julian Fane, shy prodigy of the Canadian Northwest, crooning and swooning in the inchoate style made popular by such eccentrics as Sigur Ros and the Danielson Family. A song like "Safety Man" is their equivalent on all levels, and a touch more mysterious for not being quite so easy to legitimize. Sigur
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