Boomkat Product Review:
Launching a new series of EPs, Wool Recordings release first volume, Woolly Jumpers EP1, with contributions from Laetitia Sadier, Castanets, Peter Broderick and Double U. Sadier's contribution is an acoustic demo version of 'Statues', due to appear on her forthcoming Drag City solo album. It actually makes for a refreshing break from convention to hear the Stereolab singer devoid of the often highly intricate context of her usual background arrangements, leaving the song to survive on a few chords and a simply recorded vocal. The Castanets entry, 'Pretty Little Eyes' , operates under similar conditions - it's another demo recording too - stripping away all but Raymond Esposa's distinctive, double-tracked vocal and strummed, two-chord guitar part right up until the end when some tremolo electric piano joins in. Continuing the raw, acoustic feel to all this, Peter Broderick shows up for 'Man On The Bridge' with a touch of Arthur Russell-like vocal looping and echo submerged guitar, all of which clears up for the harmonised, reined in second half, which pursues the same sort of songwriting thread as the Home album. The most fleshed out (and possibly best) contribution comes from Double U, whose very lovely 'Breathing The Wind' takes on an almost jazzy, folktronic sound full of languid percussion, gentle strings and gasping, largely wordless vocals.