Boomkat Product Review:
Twisted Nerve alumnus Aidan Smith delivers his sophomore album for another notable Manchester independent, the up and coming Humble Soul, home of Liz Green, Denis Jones and the like. Smith's presentation of his songs is always delightfully inventive, cloaking his music in arrangements that bring to mind genre-defying '60s psychedelic pop ('Morning Was Your Picnic'), electronic doodling ('The Regret Rap') and even a spot of Trunk Records-style library instrumentalism ('Snakes And Ladders'). Perhaps best of all these witty, articulate compositions is 'Wearing Your Clothes', a peculiar colliery band-style brass arrangement, telling a tale of illicit transvesticism. It's 'Arnold Layne' meets Brassed Off. And if that doesn't get me quoted on some press release somewhere, I don't know what will. Stripped of the fanciful arrangements, Smith still delivers in proverbial spades: the comparatively straight-up acoustic balladry of 'Lament Of A Victorian Prostitute, London 1865' being a particularly fine example of this, finding him spinning a yarn about the woes of its titular character with a rare, illustrative skill. Excellent.