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  • Release Date 2012-05-21
  • Label Tirk Records
  • Catalog TIRK075
Pocket is the snappy moniker of NYC based Richard Jankovich, the principal creative mind behind the NY based electro-pop band Burnside Project and seasoned big-name remixer (Beck, Radiohead, Kristin Hersh, Of Montreal, Elk City, Joanna Newsom and many others). We're happy to be presenting his debut LP on Tirk! It's a beautiful pop menagerie, fusing electronic beats & sounds, driven guitar tones, soaring guest vocals and sumptuously eclectic harmonies.

It kicks off with Someone To Run Away From, featuring Craid Wedren of Shudder To Think. One minute in and you're instantly fulfilled with all the above. Previous Tirk single 'Hear In Noiseville feat. Steve Kilbey' follows, and we're reminded of the quirky playfulness of one of our fav 12's from 2011.

Up next it's Jar's Of Fireflys featuring Throwing Muses' Tanya Donelly on vocals. Wisps of guitar effects and building electronic beats lead into this skewed pop track, enveloped in rhythmic textures. It's as full-bodied as they come. Menomena's Danny Seim steps up to lead the pack next in Backwards From Ten. It's a power house effort thanks to his drawl tones lifting the tension and release in this stylish bit of work.

Surround Him With Love feat. Robyn Hitchcock begins with a mysterious tribal bongo rhythm before delving into another strong male led track. Hitchcock's vocal stirs deep twilight memories with this one. Beautiful Gray featuring punk legend Dave Smalley is an altogether more upbeat affair. Crunchy 4x4 beats and unwieldily synth & guitar flourishes create a fluxing atmosphere for Smalleys lyrics to chant and untwine in.

The Way You Love Someone featuring ex-The Lotus Eaters' Peter Coyle reverts the album back to its darker recess. The emotive output from Coyle toils it's humbling tones over the mechanical beats and drawn melodic phrases. Delicious! Up next, Yuki Chikudate of Asobi Seksu brings her sensuous ear for melody to the track Sambo. Disco, shoegaze and 60's girl group nuances radiate lovingly from this unique slice of pop.

Mark Burgess of post-punk hero's The Chameleons features on A Force Of Nature, delivering a gritty, raw and thoroughly modern pop song. Easily one of the most vibrant extroverted recordings on the album. Sal Principato, know for his extraordinary work with Liquid Liquid in the 80's and beyond guests on the penultimate track, titled Echo And Sway. There's some serious dancefloor tendencies afoot here, with Sal's elastic vocal adding splashes of colour to the mix.

The final act falls to an 'orchestral reprise' of the opener Someone To Run Away From.

And there we have it. An accomplished album of multiple moods and many guests.


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  • Release Date 2012-05-21
  • Label Tirk Records
  • Catalog TIRK075