Boomkat Product Review:
This self-released outing from the Part Timer camp finds main man John McCaffrey teaming up with Heidi Elva and repeat collaborator Aaron Martin, plus a list of remixers that boasts Orla Wren, Humble Bee, The Green Kingdom, Scissors And Sellotape, Children Of The Wave and the curiously billed Jazzy Jones Is Nano. The original piece features Elva on harp and vocals with Martin providing a typically lovely cello contribution. These elements all add greatly to the Part Timer sound, and while the core effect of McCaffrey's rundown, heartbreaking lo-fi stylings remains very much true to the form of his prior releases, 'The Runner' must surely stand as his most sonically alluring outing to date. Elva's voice seems lost and detached in the mix, but this only seems to empower the emotional pull of the track; the ensuing reinterpretations capitalise on the strong raw ingredients too, with Orla Wren's take up first, very much occupying the same mindset as its source - this sounds like a sharpening up and streamlining of the original, something echoed by the more beat-focussed overhaul by The Green Kingdom. Things start to dissolve into a more abstract framework by the time we reach the Scissors And Sellotape version, opting for a droning, looped formation, and the lulling haze continues to amass when Children Of The Wave take the reins, stripping 'The Runner' to its barest components and avoiding building up too far. In a sense, this album flows together like a single, thirty-seven minute song divided into seven movements. All the artists involved are very much on the same page and all seem to be working towards a similar goal. The crackle and tuneful static imagery of the Humble Bee mix comes next, only consolidating this idea - in fact, if there is an all-out mould-breaker on the album it must surely be the comparatively raucous, brass and glitch-beat assault laid on by Jazzy Jones Is Nano, who compensate for that ludicrous moniker with the most inventive and irreverent of all the reinterpretations.