pumice Quo (CD, £11.95)label: Soft Abuse
As the title self-effacingly implies, Quo proffers a triumphant, primo slice of past Pumiceisms: uncertain progressions, anomalous structure, inimitable guitar buzz, sublime melancholy & distorted vocals (crooned, spoken & moaned). Quo once more finds Pumice cruising the convergence of pop, folk & noise strains with bona fide inner mystique. Sputtering sub-underground skiffle aims for outer zones, diamond cuts of nervous guitar with pesky hooks that sting & tickle tread rough hewn punk turf, pop tangents charm with echoes of the Kilgours or Chris Knox, and woozy synth blurts & drones thread the patchwork patterns with Hulk-like grace.
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