Various Artists - The Glasgow School of Art Goes Pop
Compilation of mostly Glasgow bands, with a few entrants from the hinterlands. Wide-ranging in terms of sounds, but few that could be described as typically Glaswegian, although The Low Miffs' 'Cressida' has all the exhuberance of late period Orange Juice.
Hidden Masters and The Company ... are the most retro acts on show with the former offering a tight take on Deram label freakbeat. Belle and Sebastian's Stevie Jackson brings his experience to 'My Ever Accumulating Losses' for a pretty convincing slice of Hammond-driven, blue-eyed soul worthy of a young Roy Wood. At the scruffier end of indie, Plaaydoh have a Slits-y charm and Orphans slip into a pleasant Sonic Youth-inspired nodder.
Other stand-outs? Not only do Dirty Summer have a great name, they trade in a slightly disturbing fuzz groove with Linda Blair on vocals. A wander over to their MySpace suggest that they're actually a smashing wee outfit. Paul Vickers (of Dawn of the Replikants) teams up with The Leg for one of the few tracks that has a sense of genuine momentum, managing to bring his usual Tom Waits-isms to an itchy tale of dead ponies. Popup produced Scotland's best album of 2009 and 'Dreams Like These' is a reminder just why.
No Libertines clones were discovered during the review process.
Last updated: 18/04/2018 21:27:30