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Lisp : Flatspin

[a]Lisp[/a] are still offering up electronic watercolours. The WI have been notified.

"A record that could only have been made in 1999," it is claimed, which is odd, as you'd swear Massive Attack had an album out last year. For the work of a band from the East End, 'Flatspin' has the Bristolian skulk down to a 3D: part butch Portishead, part Daddy G after elocution classes.





It's all here, paranoia, anguish, the ever-creeping inertia. "Do you love me, do you love me? Is there anyone above me?" intones singer Jonnie with just slightly too much of the Erasure in his vocals to be cool, yet for a trio made up of "spiritual clubbers" this is a surprisingly inoffensive record, happily devoid of any dippy nonsense about communal experience or sunsets. Yet compared with Massive's fly-blown, rotten vistas, Lisp are still offering up electronic watercolours. The WI have been notified.





Victoria Segal

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