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Lowfer CD

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. So Joe
  2. Waiting for the ice to melt
  3. Slow boat
  4. After the show
  5. The greenest marinescape ever
  6. 21st century
  7. Neighbours
  8. Glow in the dark

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CHIMP Lowfer (2002 UK 8-track CD picture sleeve CHIMP002)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem! 1 Feb. 2003
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My first exposure to this album was an announcement shortly before its release in a technology-related message board, of all places. This has to do with the album's name, and the community of people to whom it was dedicated--an interesting story in its own right, which will be left as an exercise for the reader to explore online--though there is nothing "techno" about the music itself.
Before buying, I checked all sorts of reviews to see what to expect, and kept encountering the phrase "British provincial life," along with expressions of concern whether the music could be appreciated overseas. Well, I can now safely say that neither the music press nor anyone considering buying the album should worry about that. The subject matter of these eight songs is about as universal as it is possible to be...themes like love, a sense of direction in life, change and how one reacts to it.
The music itself is quiet but the melodies are richly developed and well arranged for the instruments and voices. Not subjected to the assault of big studio treatment, the songs keep their intimate personal visions intact. You'll find a lot of sounds here that are familiar and comfortable, but you will not be able to classify Chimp and their songs as "just like" any other band.
If Lowfer were to receive significant airplay on college stations in this country, I suspect "so joe" and "after the show" and "the greenest marinescape ever" might be among the most requested. And, I don't believe anyone with any feelings in them at all could fail to be moved by "waiting for the ice to melt." All eight songs are worth repeated listening.
One note of caution: If the album had been released in the US, it would probably carry a parental advisory label because of an expression used in "neighbours." It's a rather common phrase in the UK rock vocabulary and stems from what I sometimes tend to see as a surplus of attitude among young musicians. However, that's not how it comes across with Chimp. These songs are not about attitude, but about point of view...a distinction one learns with maturity, if not necessarily age. This is a group from which I hope we will hear much more!
5.0 out of 5 stars found in 'comes with a smile' magazine 3 Aug. 2002
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CHIMP - "Lowfer" (Slow Records)
Oddball Brighton sextet Chimp have been slogging their guts out as almost the city's resident support band for many a moon now. Seemingly destined to tread water forever - without ever releasing a record - it is greatly heartening that they have now won a modest deal that their perseverance and charming music deserves. A limited edition 7"single aside, 8-track mini-album Lowfer is the first fruit of their studio labours, and an absolute delight of peculiarly British pastoral pop. They can rock when they wish, as brand new, harder edged material aired at recent (headlining!) hometown shows has proven, but on Lowfer, it's very easy does it, as the title explicitly suggests. The strident strings of Lizzy Carey and Rebecca Waterworth usher in opener and single So Joe, giving way to principal songwriter Laurence Collyer's gentle folk vocal, riddled with mock disinterest as he croons on about getting stuck on the outskirts of Lulworth, trying to make his way back home. What follows over the next 20 minutes or so is entirely expected, but it is interesting to note what a tough backbone props up such acoustic whimsy, courtesy of rhythm section Stuart Ridley and Paul Wadsworth. As Pete Jackson's keys prance cheerily around the wafting acoustic arrangements, these boys hold everything together with great aplomb. The undoubted highlights here are Neighbours, which highlights the conflicting tastes and volumes of CD players in adjacent dwellings, and the quite magnificent The Greenest Marinescape Ever, where Collyer and Carey duet like a bedsit Richard and Linda Thompson against an unfeasibly pretty and haunting melody. It's gorgeous, and really should be lifted as a single, if only to showcase Lowfer to territories still oblivious to Chimp's off-kilter beauty. As I say, this is a very British quiet noise, so I wonder how they may fare overseas? The most obvious touchstones being Belle And Sebastian or Badly Drawn Boy - both of whom are making ground in scarily large markets - it may yet prove a doddle for our simian chums. Such winsome musings are not for everybody, but I for one revel in the quaint and dainty, dinky and delicate. To nick a line from Slow Boat - Sad songs come from an old guitar / and I'm on fire.
TOM SHERIFF
5.0 out of 5 stars comes with a smile 9 Aug. 2002
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CHIMP - "Lowfer" (Slow Records)
Oddball Brighton sextet Chimp have been slogging their guts out as almost the city's resident support band for many a moon now. Seemingly destined to tread water forever - without ever releasing a record - it is greatly heartening that they have now won a modest deal that their perseverance and charming music deserves.
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