Two kings of the indie dancefloor unite for a warm, timeless take on 20th century pop and rock
The Blossom Filled Streets
No matter how loud you turn them up, [a]Movietone[/a] still sound far, far away.
OK, we exaggerate, but not by much. 'The Blossom Filled Streets' is the third album by Movietone, part of the Bristol collective of second-hand record shop loiterers and fuzz aesthetes that also includesFlying Saucer Attack and the Third Eye Foundation. The windswept-and-interesting arm of this many-tentacled avant-rock behemoth, they're a spare, willowy pleasure.
Everything feels tremendously loose, as pianos and woodwinds circle indolently around drumming that could, in a gentler world, be called jazzy. One track, featuring sternly scraped bass, some seagulls and nothing else, is called 'Seagulls/Bass'. Kate Wright sings sometimes, like on the marvellous 'Hydra', and appears to have wandered in off the streets by accident, utterly lost. It's all a bit unnerving for orthodox rockers, but lovely nonetheless.
The last albums by Yo La Tengo and The Pastels have had a similarly folksy, soft-focus grace. But Movietone inhabit a peculiarly English landscape, one of fog and deserted beaches that's more mythical than part of ordinary life. Every day is like Sunday, then, but in a terribly sophisticated way.
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