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This review is from: Can Cladders (Audio CD)
Ah.....One of life's true pleasures is the arrival of a new High Llamas LP. You kind of know what you're going to get but there will always be some nice surprises. Steely Dan chord changes, Exotic sounds, Baccarachesque strings, obscure lyrics and Brian Wilson pianos and harmonies are all in check but as ever this is still something new in the mix. This ones all about the vocals. Female backing vocals are more to the fore, reminiscent of The Free Design but also with some almost 60s Soul/Motown stylings. 'Rollin' in its melodic strangeness reminds me of Kate Bush!
As ever Sean O'Hagan has been devouring obscure 60s foreign film soundtracks, Library music etc. and distilling their essence into new songs (so you don't to!). Their last album, 'Beet Maize & Corn' was a real return to form and this one keeps up that form admirably. The melodies are a little less direct, a bit more twisty turny...which is no bad thing as it keeps you coming back for another listen and you can never guess where on the fretboard/keyboard the Llamas will take you next. A charming, and curios record although newcomers should be directed toward Hawaii and their 'Best Of' to put this in its right context. And yes Field Music fans should definitely have a listen if they haven't already!