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
Reviewed by Gutta (gutterbreakz)
Just when I thought I had all the bases covered, I unwrapped the cellophane from one of the CDs that Mike P. sent me, placed the disc in the tray, pressed play and then stood back in awed amazement as a serious contender for Album of the Year was suddenly revealed in all it's glory. Wot a shocker!!
I was going to make some comparisons to everyone from Radiohead's Thom Yorke to Mercury Rev to Vangelis, but a quick google search reveals that this
Reviewed by sheikh ahmed (Fail)
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
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