Two kings of the indie dancefloor unite for a warm, timeless take on 20th century pop and rock
Caretaker : Caretaker
Old-fashioned English indie. A solid debut
Caretaker, who hail from the previously unexplored rock location of Petersfield, Hampshire, are a case in point. This debut mini-album is as provincial as you might expect, especially 'Red Mist' and 'Backs Against the Fall', which display the stilted form that's seen indie's currency plummet to an
But these are early days, and elsewhere this has glimpses of the same feral excitement as Idlewild's debut, 'Captain'. Recorded for less money than most bands spend on studio catering, it also has an economic, primitive tautness. So the instrumental 'Entrance' twists and turns with lo-fi guile, the tempestuously buzzing 'Routine' displays punk speed and acres
of sharp edges, and the wonky guitar lines, sudden changes in pace and submerged, off-kilter melodies of everything else make the likes of My Vitriol seem like lifeless dull whingers.
Small-town kids in a big world, Caretaker, sadly, are dancing chronically out of step with
the current musical mood. On
their first dalliance with noise, however, they're doing it with some style.
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