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The odd pop truffle hounds at PLZ Make It Ruins sniff out the debut delicacy of DIY songcraft by Dublin’s pigbaby - big RIYL Wah Wah Wino, Mica Levi, Vegyn, Roger Doyle
Unmissable for fans of Dublin accents, art and wit, ‘Palindromes’ is quite the introduction to pigbaby; a grown man who dresses up in a furry pig outfit and sings thee strangest half-lullabies alongside patchwork concrète collages and samples of kids singing political songs. Squint your ears a bit and he could be V/Vm’s offspring from a Dublin tryste, but more likely he’s a funny, melancholy g who makes ace music. To our ears that music recalls everything from Roger Doyle’s waking dream DIY avant garde-isms to Wah Wah Wino’s guess-again styles, but also with the textured indie-pop tendered by Mica Levi’s Good Sad Happy Bad, or the likes of c.a.n.va.a.s label’s Lugh and Olan Monk, but more effortless.
‘Palindromes’ is one of those records that sucks you in so subtly, that by the mid-way point yr left wondering how they got here, in the middle of someone else’s dream. ‘In The Movies’ initiates this schism with reality in a ruffly room recorded ditty about being stranded in Heathrow and eating a lukewarm Pret, set to charmingly janky keys. Scene fades to ‘It’s a Long way Down From Here’, depicting some unknown panic in his home city over elusive, textured ambient pads that precipitate a lonely sax line outta nowhere, and lead off into the kitchen sink melancholia of his title tune.
By this point it’s clear he’s onto something, assured with the spellbinding transition from detuned jangle to murmuring vocals and short but vital sample of kid’s singing an Irish classic ‘If you hate the british army clap your hands!’ (clap, clap). Factor in a bezzonked raga drone folk piece regaling a mushy epiphany “I Don't Believe In Jesus But Three Grams Of These Mushrooms Is Making Me Feel Some Kinda Way” and the gorgeous shoegaze sign-off ‘Why Don’t You Stay, For a Moment’, and you’ve got what we’d call a proper doozy.