pocket All of This Happened (CD, £7.75)
Pocket is the snappy moniker of NYC based Richard Jankovich, the principal creative mind behind the NY based electro-pop band Burnside Project and seasoned big-name remixer (Beck, Radiohead, Kristin Hersh, Of Montreal, Elk City, Joanna Newsom and many others). · Tirk present Pocket’s debut album. It's a beautiful pop menagerie, fusing electronic beats and sounds, driven guitar tones, soaring guest vocals and sumptuously eclectic harmonies. · The album kicks off with ‘Someone To Run Away From’, featuring Craid Wedren of Shudder To Think. Previous Tirk single 'Hear In Noiseville’ featuring Steve Kilbey follows. · Up next it's ‘Jars Of Fireflys’ featuring Throwing Muses’ Tanya Donelly on vocals. Wisps of guitar effects and building electronic beats lead into this skewed pop track, enveloped in rhythmic textures. Menomena's Danny Seim steps up to lead the pack next on ‘Backwards From Ten’, a power house effort thanks to his drawl tones lifting the tension. · ‘Surround Him With Love’ featuring Robyn Hitchcock begins with a mysterious tribal bongo rhythm before delving into another strong male led track. Hitchcock’s vocal stirs deep twilight memories with this one. ‘Beautiful Gray’ featuring punk legend Dave Smalley is an altogether more upbeat affair, with crunchy 4x4 beats and unwieldily synth and guitar flourishes. · ‘The Way You Love Someone’ featuring ex-The Lotus Eaters’ Peter Coyle reverts the album back to its darker recess. Up next, Yuki Chikudate of Asobi Seksu brings her sensuous ear for melody to the track ‘Sampo’. Disco, shoegaze and 60s girl group nuances radiate lovingly from this unique slice of pop. · Mark Burgess of post-punk heroes The Chameleons features on ‘A Force Of Nature’, delivering a gritty, raw and thoroughly modern pop song. Easily one of the most vibrant extroverted recordings on the album. · Sal Principato, known for his extraordinary work with Liquid Liquid in the 80s and beyond guests on the penultimate track, titled ‘Echo And Sway’. There’s some serious dancefloor tendencies afoot here, with Sal’s elastic vocal adding splashes of colour to the mix. · The final act is an orchestral reprise of the opener ‘Someone To Run Away From’. · An accomplished album of multiple moods and many guests.
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