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When you've got so many great ideas, invariably some of them don't turn out all that well...
Still, not to worry, because a return to Scott 4's electronic cowboy country wouldn't be quite the same without the underlying tension that defined their full debut album, 'Recorded In State'. The feeling that all of that detailed racket might rip apart at the seams at any moment. Here, playing a low-key support slot to provide a taster for their forthcoming second album, 'Works Project LP', the ever-stetsoned Blixen and his misfit cohorts are still bashing their brains against the limitations of pop music and, slightly more often than not, making breakthroughs.
The arrival of more gibbering psychedelic buffoons - The Beta Band, Regular Fries, etc - on their musical patch might have slightly dimmed their original fire, but their songwriting blend of cold electronics and warm country-tinged melodies, as on the lovelorn 'Das Junior', is greatly improved. With 'Troubles 1-2-3' (two false starts notwithstanding) that jarring cultural collision may well have peaked, as the smooth Kraftwerk-inflected keyboard sounds mesh with a heavenly melody to create a song so beautifully crafted that you feel guilty for not having wondered where Scott 4 have been for the last 12 months.
Certainly, elsewhere there's a bit too much bash and bluster to scale the same lofty heights, but the general impression is that Scott 4 are still impervious to external intervention and wilfully ploughing their lonely rock furrow with the single-minded determination which divides the visionaries from the lower divisions. London 0, as you might say, Scott 4.
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