Summer Passes | Evidence Of Fractures

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THE SLY AND UNSEEN & CAUGHT IN THE WAKE FOREVER – Summer Passes_Evidence Of Fractures (LP) – ( Rural Colours)

Summer Passes | Evidence Of Fractures

THE SLY AND UNSEEN and CAUGHT IN THE WAKE FOREVER
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Despite being little more than six months old the Spartan immediacy of The Sly and Unseen’s slender catalogue has already caused a splash in the ponds of such taste arbitrating luminaries as Home Normal Records, Crow Verses Crow and Stuart Maconie’s freak zone. Unsurprising, perhaps, as they combine the widely lauded talents of Katie English and Hibernate Records head man Jonathan Lees, lending The Sly And Unseen a track record of genuine musical depth and achievement.

Utilising a battery of more-or-less eccentric acoustic instruments with just a soupcon of effect pedal the template sound of this Halifax based outfit is bare, raw and refreshing. An underlying shruti box supports a cast of mandolins, cellos, glockenspiels, guitars and more. But the coup that they pull off, track after track, is to only deploy the absolute minimum of necessary instruments, creating a breezy and spacious musical world, reminiscent of the moorlands above their hometown, containing both up-tempo lights and drowsy shadows and fashioning what can only be described as Melodic-Drone. Located somewhere in the land of the Penguin Café Orchestra but entirely shorn of tweeness and fully updated for the current decade, these atmospheric, unlaboured, highly intuitive musical compositions create truly essential listening.

Complementing and offsetting The Sly And Unseen’s gentle extroversion are the contemplative structures and inward-looking songs of Caught In The Wake Forever’s Fraser McGowan. Under his solo guise, McGowan has honed his trade mark melancholic sounds and concerns through a plethora of EPs and collaborations and has also released three albums to date, all of which explore listener challenging hyper-personal themes and subjects.

Having grown frustrated with the sense of repetition and routine inherent in the recording process, Evidence Of Fractures sees the Paisley based McGowan resolutely and methodically strip bare his technological resources to reinforce his baring-of-the-soul lyricism. Computers are forsaken in favour of simple take analogue improvisation and the stress (both musical and lyrical) is upon breaking old habits, embracing uncertainty and capturing the moment.

Keiron Phelan

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