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16/09/2017 : SPARE SNARE - Unicorn

SPARE SNARE

Unicorn

MusicCD
Indie

[75/100]   

Chute Records
16/09/2017, Paul PLEDGER

This high-wired Dundee-based lo-fi outfit have been knocking out edgy angsty jangle-pop for the best part of 25 years now and show little signs of abating. Unicorn recalls mid-period Wedding Present (but Scottish), Velvet Underground, Nightingales and Fire Engines in varying measures and showcases the band's somewhat ramshackle but occasionally beautiful song-structures.

Work I Am and All I'm Hating both sport infectious choruses yet sound like they may fall apart in a stiff breeze, due in part to Jan Burnett's unsettling distorted megaphone vocals that career across the songs' unbridled paths and the rest of the band steadfastly buzzing around like a hive of moody hornets - top stuff, natch.

Things take respite on the almost wistful You're Not Home, although the song's subject matter could very well be political with a line like "this democracy is not yours...". All of which heralds the eerie knell of Soft Rains which recalls Dazzle Ships-era OMD and the chipper (and mildly sardonic) Not As Smart As You, the latter issued as a standalone track.

Unicorn sounds exactly like the sort of thing John Peel would have embraced - unique trailblazing and slightly bonkers crash-n-bash indie rock with old broadcasting samples and a sense of fun and fury.

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews.

Paul PLEDGER
16/09/2017


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