Reviewed by Tom Meluch (atmsphr.org)
It appears that prodigious one-man indie acts are the new thing these days – we have the tongue-in-cheek theatrics of Patrick Wolf, the primal cries of Panda Bear, and now the sweeping ballads of Julian Fane. The 21 year-old Canadian has crafted a strong debut with Special Forces, primarily riding strains of Thom Yorke-esque vocals and highly cinematic arrangements. The whole record, as its wintry cover image suggests, exists under a veil of frost;
Reviewed by Jennifer Coxley (angryape.com)
The fact Sigur Ros are re-issuing ‘Von’ later this month - a collection of early recordings which dates back to 1999, shows how ‘cutting edge’ Julian Fane’s take on acid-fried guitar music fails to be. This isn’t to say ‘Special Forces’ lacks the pyschedelic swash of his influences, only that Fane’s chosen path has clearly been done before.
However, with songs so dark and beautifully arranged that take elements of both
Reviewed by Jon Bailey (angryape.com)
Being compared to such huge, jaw-dropping names as Radiohead and Sigur Ros before actually releasing anything, can either go one way or the other; the inevitable failing to cope with the hype, or it means Julian Fane has just recorded one of the most intelligent and brilliantly executed albums of the year.
As a taster for things to come, Planet Mu release ‘Safety Man’ - a one-off promotional 7", which lifts the main track from the ‘Special
- Various - The Cosmic Forces Of Mu
- Venetian Snares - Defluxion
- Venetian Snares & Speedranch - Making Orange Things
- Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations
- Hrvatski - Swarm & Dither
- Mu Allstars - Criminal
- Hellfish & Producer - Constant Mutation (Mixed)
- Leafcutter John - Microcontact
- Nicole Elmer - Beef Bouilion
- Tim Tetlow - Beauty Walks A Razor's Edge
- Phthalocyanine - 25 Tracks Fer 1 Track
- Leafcutter John - Concourse E.E.P.
- Luke Vibert - '95-'99
- Jega - Geometry
- Capitol K - Roadeater E.P.
- Kid Spatula - Full Sunken Breaks
- Jega & Kid Spatula - Unity Gain / Hard Love
- Capitol K - Sounds Of The Empire
- Slag Boom Van Loon - So Soon
- Tusken Raiders - The Motorbike Track
- Slag Boom Van Loon - Slag Boom Van Loon
- Jega - Spectrum
- Horse Opera - 3 Cornered Room
- Capitol K - Island Row