Pastoral by Gazelle Twin; Bandcamp Link: Pastoral

Number 44 in the Wire Magazine (@thewiremagazine) Top 50 Releases of 2018.

I didn’t know anything about Gazelle Twin before putting this on.

Initially, it put me off a bit, there was some early music choral bits going on, which triggers my PetShopBoys-o-phobia.

However, upon listening a bit closer, I realized that in the Chorales, and spoken word segments, such that they were, the lyrics were the every day detritus of life in the twenty-first century. Things you might hear on the bus or when you’re reading the newspaper. “Just look at these kids now. No respect. It was much better in my day.” etc. Cut ups, a la W.S. Burroughs.

And, like Burroughs, it is often quite darkly funny.

The music is electronic, beat and loop based, with prominent vocals as mentioned. And occasional recorders.

A super interesting album, if I were ordering these, Pastoral would be in the top 10.

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