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Boomkat Product Review:
Another endearingly crackly lo-fi offering from the cult Last Visible Dog label - this time from New Zealander Anthony Milton (who runs the equally collectible Pseudoarcana label). This time around the prolific Antipodean takes up the fictitious character of Swagger Jack, who one can only speculate is a drunken pirate, who was maybe washed up on far away shores, clothes all but ripped off, and left to fend for himself on some wild island. Soon enough he found a supply of some kind of alcohol and spent the rest of his days in a half awake stupor waiting for help to never come. Wait a minute that sounds strangely like the plot of everyone's favourite TV show Lost doesn't it? Coincidence? Who can say - let's see if this album shoots up the Amazon charts eh? The music's worth getting all misty eyed over though, eschewing the usual LVD noise/drone for full on singer/songwriter business, 'The Ferral Blood...' is a surprisingly pleasant listening, bearing a distinct resemblance to some early Velvet Underground recordings I seem to remember hearing. It's beautifully recorded too, with all the dirt and grit you simply can't get when you just use a computer - vocals are muffled and half-audible, instruments are crackling and distorting, and this actually makes the record more involving and a hell of a lot more pleasant to listen to than if it was 'clean'. Another perfect addition to anyone's bulging collection of abstract folk, psychey weirdness or outsider music, Mr. Milton has introduced us to a new character and we want to know what happens next.