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Manchester Music Online Catch of the Day 2 Review

CATCH OF THE DAY * recommended *
:: Various Artists ::
02 April 2007 / Kipper Records / 8 Trk CD
By JA

I’ll just start off by getting out my system how wonderful the packaging on this CD is. It’s a CDR, lovingly embossed with original artwork on the CD's onbody printing. There’s an inner printed, hand assembled, colour card sleeve, individually numbered. This goes into another rustic, corrugated card sleeve with more artwork and it all comes in its own brown paper bag complete with logo. It all harks back to the original days of limited edition 7” Vinyl releases. Little packets of music you had to care for and pay attention to. It’s in a wild contrast to other demos we get here, assembled by redundant dockers with overused , blunted magic markers and second hand plastic wallets.

Anyhow, musically there’s plenty to match this splendid approach to releasing records.


Scott Bruzenack (California USA) opens proceedings with some hazy, poppy drawls, graced with flutes and the slap of double bass and drum snares. It blows like an Americana folk wind into Staffordshire’s Mundane Music who provide an instrumental formed around pianos, echoes, bells and the jingle of percussion on the computer edited crossover “A Train For You”. The Deep Element (Malmo, Sweden) sensibly continue with similar themes but delve deeper into the world of electronica. It’s a disjointed journey, randomly cut and pasted into the gaps between beats like a beautiful picture broken into smaller, sharp edged pieces. The Gray, with “Sleep Facing East”, conjure up Eastern and classical flavours from their Cheshire home base, mixing meditation tape ideology with the fantastically wide electronic ambitions of a more ethereal M83. Parisian DJ Wise makes his contribution “Shake The Dust” sound like something between a Terminator soundtrack, the bins being emptied and hip hop tracks being loudly played in the flat next door.

It’s left to Dupe with “Silkworkers” to drum up some Brighton Beach sounds. Actually it sounds more like a sun rise as the looped acoustic shuffle ebbs away underneath the strange synths and harmonic scrapes. Manchester’s very own Sanjuro 77 pay tribute to Frank Sidebottom’s home town on “Night Falls On Timperley”, a ghostly encounter of Gary Numan, Most Haunted and seedy nightclub beats all brought together in a wild experiment. “Sanctuary” by Edmund Coleman (Glasgow) provides the closing sounds and maybe the most strange. Ad-hoc strikes of synthetic glockenspiels and Japanese chimes calmly close this album.

Catch Of The Day is a collection of the weird and the wonderful with an ear firmly on the experimental. But within this, every note is accessible and veers happily between dance, traditional forms and even folk. It’d be so easy to create a dance orientated record or a bag full of acoustic numbers – it’s another matter entirely to go out looking for people exploring the netherworld between current trends. It’s not just a moral, artistic victory though. Everything on this tastefully limited eight track record is well worth engaging.


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