- Release Date 2016-04-01
- Label Claremont 56
- Catalog C56053
The trio, comprised of Justin Gartry, Mikey Cooper and Jack Morford, have gigged tirelessly since joining forces a few years back, enhancing their reputation via a series of self-released EPs notable for their heavy grooves, bluesy guitar arrangements and Gartry's gravelly, emotion-packed vocals. Even so, their work - as atmospheric as it is - has never sounded this cosmic.
Craig Bratley has previous in this regard. His solo releases for Is It Balearic, Bird Scarer and, most recently, Tsuba, tend towards the druggy, unusual and atmospheric, while his Magic Feet imprint has become renowned for its unique blends of slo-mo wonkiness and off-kilter, early morning Balearica.
He handles the poignant "Better Man" with great care, delivering vocal and instrumental interpretations doused in delay and reverb, with occasional bursts of white noise and deep space electronics enhancing the horizontal, smacked-out mood. There are notable beats - sparse, slow and dubbed out - but these are almost drowned out by Gartry's reverb-drenched guitars and Cooper's booming, pitched-down bassline. This is emotionally raw rock music dragged through a K-hole backwards, reappearing somewhere the other side of Jupiter. It's a trip worth taking.