• bearsuit Oh:Io (CD, £9.75)

    label: fantastic plastic

    Firm faves of the late John Peel, Bearsuit managed to clock up five different Peel sessions within two years. Bearsuit’s recent single ‘More Soul Than Wigan Casino’ was Single Of The Week in The Guardian Guide. “Colourful, wacky … pop hotchpotch… Imagine Do Me Bad Things having a good fight with Belle & Sebastian at a fairground… on ‘shrooms… in the dark. Yes, really” – NME. “Shimmering pop with all the soul of early Belle & Sebastian” – Clash. “Louder than an explosion in a fireworks factory… often within the space of a single number, accordion, flute, cornet, violin, theremin and a number of percussion instruments are banged, blown, squeezed and thrummed. It’s an uproariously joyful noise” – Artrocker

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