Simian : Mr Crow

They've got a bike. You can ride it if you like...

Sure, the only way the drowsily psychedelic [a]Simian[/a] are going to set the world alight is by smoking in bed but still, ‘Mr Crow’ is loveably twee. Sprouting like a Sgt Pepper moustache, this “traditional song” is overgrown with flowery vocals, fey harmonies and a creeping sense of nursery rhyme menace.

The other five tracks sound like [a]Elliott Smith[/a] being melted down for parts (‘Something New’) or fairground piping that’s entirely for the benefit of Mr Kite (‘Societa’)- but if it’s all slightly pointless it’s also rather nice. They’ve got a bike. You can ride it if you like. But on this evidence, you won’t want to go anywhere fast.

Victoria Segal