Birds

A 2 track leftfield/idm single (17m 43s) — released May 23rd 2011 on Claremont 56
Well this is a bit of a stunner, with the musicality a paramount feature of Claremont releases this one really ups the ante. Torn Sail are a band fronted by Smith & Mudd’s vocalist Huw Costin, hailing from Nottingham deliver what can only be described as a slice of subtle West Coast rock. Think The Byrds, CSN, Wizards Of Kansas, think Big Sur, large motorbike and sunshine. A subtle acoustic intro gently sets the scene, ever-so husky vocals set the scene, “We’re all birds hereâ€, and indeed we are, caught in an Albatross like flight before a neat groove and bass bring up the speed. This is the kind of record you want to find on side two of that country rock album that you can’t quite throw out, it’s never there, but you try again in 6 months. Don’t bother, grab this and take that LP to the tip. On the flip side Tiago has the mammoth job of remixing this beauty, amazingly he manages to not only do it justice, but to drag it from the West Coast to the heart of Cologne, injecting a motorik rhythm and serious manipulation of the parts to make this 10 minutes of Kraut infected drive, the drop down to languid half speed at the end is a stroke of genius. The first part in a double 12†package with stunning artwork from Emily Bucknell this is a keeper.
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