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Boomkat Product Review:
This is the debut album by Paul Fleming, the touring keyboardist with Echo & The Bunnymen. The album was conceived on the road only to be overhauled in the studio by Nick Terry, whose mixing credits include Klaxons and Simian Mobile Disco releases. I felt I should drop in that last sentence in order to compensate for the coolness deficit caused by the one that preceded it. There's no getting away from the presence of the Bunnymen however: Will Sergeant shows up on guitar, which is only fitting given the icy, post-punk aesthetics adopted by certain pieces, notably the new wave-inspired drum machine impulse of '3 Dollar Dress'. Furthermore, '48 Hour Drive' sounds like it lifts its main keyboard sound from McCulloch and co.'s nineties hit 'Nothing Lasts Forever'. In fairness though, I would probably not have made this observation were it not for my prior knowledge of the connection between Fleming and the band. Some tracks take on a very different identity however, breaking far, far away from the sort of sounds that occupy Fleming's day job, by turns teetering on the cusp of ambience or post-rock, or in the case of the lovely 'Pebble Shore' firing off a gorgeous piano sonata, steeped in valve saturation and slowly acquiring a warm, contoured bassline as accompaniment. A highly unusual, but entirely effective set of instrumentals. Recommended.