Homelife - Exotic Interlude

That Sunday afternoon feeling, when all you want is to kick back somewhere vaguely indie with a newspaper supplement and a cup of something involving caffeine. The assistant behind the counter has dreads and one of the cakes of the day appears to include carob. In among the flyers for yoga classes and posters for real nappy schemes there are various paintings and photos for sale, all by local artists. Some of them are pretty good but who impulse buys artwork? Somebody must. Dutch tourists?

The background music is almost certainly of the world music persuasion or, perhaps, an act like Homelife.

Despite being mates with Graham Massey, Exotic Interlude is - for the most part - gentle, jazz-flecked, chilled. Glastonbury. By far the most interesting track is the jittery 'More Wine', that has an air of Ian Brown in its percussion-led exotica. Very gamelan. A few of the other tracks ('Atlas', the title track) have a loungy air - all slide guitar and light beats. Indeed, if it clacks or rattles then it's been used somewhere on Exotic Interlude. The artwork attests that Homelife have, at their disposal, pretty much every instrument known to man.

The album ends on 'Trapdoor', the soundtrack to a lost ITC show, complete with Barbarella keyboards and dirty, dirty fuzz guitar breaks. With more of the same, you might be persuaded to root around for some coins and ask the person behind the counter if they have copies for sale, but the danger in being quite so nice is that you risk being lost to the hubbub of conversation and hiss of the cappuccino machine.



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