There's nothing like a couple of disgruntled ex-musicians when it comes to venting streams of spite and malice...

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The Winner Is The Loser

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The Winner Is The Loser

There’s nothing like a couple of disgruntled ex-musicians when it comes to venting streams of spite and malice. Whatever promises careers with Pale Saints and [a]His Name Is Alive[/a] held for Ian Masters and Warren Defever respectively, the demise of their cult 4AD record label has led the two to form their own anti-corporate enterprises, and launch aggrieved, demented combos upon poor, long-suffering listeners.

Lurking inside this strangely packaged, oddbod compilation is a proper gossamer-thin album about hope, aspirations and loneliness. Sadly, you’ll have to wade through truncated noise screes, what sounds like machines being tested, snatches of ancient worksongs (‘I Hate The Capitalist System’), and God knows what other electronic effluent, to get to them.

And the rudimentary lo-fi values ensure that, once located, gems like Friendly Science Orchestra‘s ‘Beyond The Clouds’ or the ragged ‘Noise Camp’ by Real Kids, will drive even the most sympathetic ear to distraction and an early hospital appointment.

Yes, it is hard to doubt the anger, the fire-in-the-belly disillusionment and real commitment that has led to this idea, a germ in the demented minds of the two label heads; but this feels like a knowing in-joke spun out of control.