Lone Pigeon : Touched By Tomoko

Its very ephemerality makes it all the more alluring.

Gordon Anderson used to be in an early incarnation of The Beta Band until ill health cruelly knocked him out of circulation. Yet even without such a melancholy background, this hoard of beautiful song- shards could have Will Oldham seeking out a cheap deal to Ayia Napa for a bit of sun and a dance. Its very ephemerality makes it all the more alluring. 'Summertime Beeswing' is a spiralling Beta folk-jam, but elsewhere come clear-voiced love lullabies and, in 'Mean Old Mind Of Men', a lost tape of an early Lennon/McCartney rehearsal. He might have missed the bus, but he's up to speed all the same.

Victoria Segal

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