Boomkat Product Review:
Vini Reilly’s gorgeous 1996 side of burbling synth-pop and electro-dub finally lands on vinyl, freshly reshuffled from the 2007 CD and expanded with a rare 1992 cut, ‘The New Fidelity’
Vini Reilly’s The Durutti Column had, by 1996, exerted a lot of influence on the post-punk, synth/indie-pop and early acid house/balearic scene, and by the mid ‘90s their music leaned into what was by then called “chill out”. Now expanded to 12 songs, their ‘Fidelity’ album stills glows with an after-party or early morning phosphorescence, drifting between sleek and crunchy machine rhythms while Vini and Eley Rudge alternate husky, opiated, and sweetly prim dreampop vocals, all wrapped in TDC’s signature, ribboning synth and guitar melodies.
Where the original album shored up at the Fleetwood Mac-meets-Jackie Mittoo stylings of ‘Guitar For Mother’, this first, definitive vinyl pressing bleeds out into two bonus songs. Taken from a Total Guitar covermount CD in 1995, ‘My Only Love’ is a beautifully strung out shadowplay of reverberatign guitar and echoic vox in mouth-watering style, while ’The New Fidelity’ is a spiralling nod to Vini’s krautrock/kosmiche and flamenco influences swept up in plonging FX that sweetly see off the record. Added to absolute gems such as the saddlesore trip-hop/folk of ‘Fidelity’, the balearic blues of ‘Future Perfect’ and the light-headed synth-pop of ‘Abstract of Expression’, you’ve got a real pearl.