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Jack Rollo & Elaine Tierney, aka Time is Away, take the reins from master reissue/compilation makers Efficient Space for a far-flung carousel of cuts from worlds old and new, hailing morsels by likes of John Cassavetes, Chen Ming Chang, Slapp Happy, Simon Fisher Turner and Delphine Dora in their usual/ inspirational dream-within-a-dream style.
‘Searchlight Moonbeam’ leads on from the acclaimed DJ tag team’s ‘Ballads’, and a succession of NTS shows, into meta-autumnal landscapes that create a cat’s cradle of coordinates across time and space. Webbing works by Maher Shalal Hash Baz pals Kasumi Trio to drum machine dragging ‘90s shoegazing by Scala, and encompassing the bar italia-esque indie-pop of Paris’ Gyeongsu thru the eerie early C.20th croon of Dublin’s Harry Plunklet-Greene, a multiverse of SAD-assuaging, melancholy spirit buoys await discerning ears in TIA’s picks right here.
A swoon-worthy session ensues with Bo Harwood & John Cassavetes revelatory ‘No One Around to Hear it’ from the Killing of a Chinese Bookie score, recalling shades of Jane Arden & Jack Bond’s ‘Anti-Clock’, triggering a leaf fall sequence that sways on the air from rustic Indian classical by Bhairavi Raman & Nanthesh Sivarajah to Simon Fisher Turner (ov mischievous Deux Filles acclaim) on a willowing cover of PiL’s ‘Poptones’, to hear Anthony Moore & Dagmar Krause’s Slapp Happy (a descendant of Henry Cow) swept on a prevailing ‘90s downbeat breeze in ‘Is It You?’, taken from their 1998 return on ‘Ça Va’.
Along the shoreline Rollo & Tierney also spotlight hypnotic krautrock-pop by Soft Location next to the “narked minimalism” of Klang, the duo of ex-Elastica bassist and novelist Isabella Waldner, plus Omertà’s gallic fancy ‘Moments in Love’, and frosted indie wallow by Un, while closing with a gem of folk-tinged classical from Harry Plunket-Greene that helps seal the deal with a sign-off flourish. Flawless set, bravo.