Oh my friends, this here's a gem, a real treat buried in the sales racks and unheard of unless you're a regular John Peel listener. Get this and spread the word, people need to know. Herman Dune are an excellent 3-piece from Paris (don't sound remotely French... actually, they don't sound like they're from any country.) bearing close comparison with Will Oldham (particularly his Palace Music work) and maybe a bit of Violent Femmes or Dirty Three. Maybe. Anyway, the sound of it is pretty unique, gloriously fractured vocals coupled with twanging guitars that go from gentle single-string melodies to suprisingly agressive blasts, especially the sinister 'I Do The Crabwalk' and the strike-inducing 'World of Workers' and 'A Hundred Times Better' repeating "life is an everyday fight/ in which I want to take a part". Still, theres some genuinely sweet moments too, 'Youre So Far From Me,' 'From That Night' and the simple beauty of 'Slight Miscalculation' serving up more emotion than a lifetime of Top 40s. On the surface another alt-country piece, this has fire under the surface, dark shadows and rage - if you can dig Will Oldham, Hefner, Smog or Cat Power, you'll really enjoy this.... This is a real word-of-mouth success in the making - get this CD and hear for yourself. And then tell everyone else. Strangely simple and absolutely gorgeous.