• Julian Fane - Special Forces

    Reviewed by sheikh ahmed (Fail)

    <b> Julian Fane </b> - Special Forces

    Will take time to convince some, but this could be the hidden gem in Planet Mu's catalogue. OK, so those who have already indulged in the likes of Sigur Ros and The Flaming Lips will recognise the tone of plangency throughout the album. Comparisons are inevitable and occasionally it does stray too close (listen to 'Safety Man' and tell me you don't hear Mercury Rev).

    But an interest in low-level coded rhythms and Mu-ziq approved distortion stops the album from turning into one long post-rock cliche. So the seven minute Lynch-inspired freefall of 'The Birthday Boys' is jarringly interrupted by the metal clang of 'Taoist Blockade'. His "tender and fragile" vocals being jackhammered by robots on 'Darknet'.

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