Boomkat Product Review:
The latest Child Of Microtones outing from MV & EE finds the duo firing off into a variety of different directions. In keeping with the album's pun-loaded title, opener 'Jook Enthusiast' finds Valentine and Elder reaching for their sitars and rolling through a deep electric raga. Booming, chaotic percussion fires up for the final stretch, contributing to an intense nine-minute instrumental. Next comes the even more sprawling 'The Beater', a surreal, improvised psych-dirge that features suitably weird vocal ramblings from MV, dislocated guitar soloing and woodwind runs running through some sort of analogue delay. More off-the-cuff blues excursions are around the corner, with the barroom stomp of the Erika Elder-fronted 'Bhangra Jive' hitting the spot before 'Sweetheart Of The Nascar' stirs up a brooding, fuzz-sculpted drift that recalls Neil Young at his most far-out. This proves to be a real highlight, and certainly measures up as the most concise and immediate distillation of the duo's work on this fine release. Highly recomended.