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Intimately captivating collages from Sam McLoughlin (Samandtheplants, N. Racker) and David Chatton Barker (David Orphan) on the Hood Faire label they run with Dean McPhee.
A basket of tangled, imaginary yarns, rustic rap, Yorkshire-accented poetry and wavering accordion reveries, Show Your Sketches Vol.1 reveals the musical fissures and fault lines that don’t usually make it onto finished releases, but collected together form a quietly vital other side of musical practice that’s richly alluring in its own right.
With a faded midday/midnight, midweek, mid-distance quality, Sam McLoughlin’s side feels out the spaces between folk ditty and percussive ritual with a rusty tape blade and confessional lyrics from himself and other, as yet unnamed contributors, strafing from what sounds like Yorkshire’s answer to Lil Kim, to some wicked, doomy accordion wheezers, shuffling pop and seemingly wind-powered drum pieces.
By contrast David Orphan’s side is more wayward, lysergic, distilling fragments from 23 cassettes recorded between 2004 - 2015 into a sensitively layered yet unpredictable sequence of half-heard memories, moments of wistful folk motifs and buckling tape FX. If Cosmic Dennis Greenidge and Wanda Group hung out and listened to lots of wyrd folk and Sahel Sounds, it may sound a bit like this ace side.