Sunday, May 30, 2010

SPRATLEYS JAPS-PONY, CD, 1999, UK





Drop dead brilliant psych pop moves from this throat-lump-inducing Cardiacs offshoot, whose mellotron swaddled upfullness and tone of mad glee (tempered relative to the unhinged hysteria of The Cardiacs, but still maniacal) make Spratleys Japs a prime contender for best psych band of the 90's. Pony is an album full of strange tensions and contrasts from both a musical and production standpoint, with the now-expansive-now-constricted compress-o-phile attack here both strongly relating to the tone that The Cardiacs were striking on albums of the period like Guns or Sing To God, as well veering far off track from the vein-bulging prog/pop/punk histrionics heard on those, with several key pieces here basking in resplendent mellotron sun rays and grandiose hymnals before doubling down into a wiry little ball and exploding in another starburst of unhinged monkey business.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

fuckin GREAT site, bro. thank you.

DanP said...

The EP you posted here awhile back was great, so I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to hear this full-length.

V ! said...

Brilliant from the very 1st moment!

Toronto Stew said...

I love your blog, Man.

M. Leer said...

amazing record.

anyone have the Cardiacs "Ditzy Scene" single?

thanks again for posting this...

M.

The Thing That Should Not Be said...

Oh, adn I have 'Ditzy Scene' bear with me and I'll post a link later

The Thing That Should Not Be said...

Yessir, this is grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!! As is your blog!!

M. Leer said...

that'd be greatness!

The Thing That Should Not Be said...

Apologies for taking so long to do this - I completely forgot which blog I said I'd post it on!!

Here is the Cardiacs Ditzy Scene EP for you - ENJOY!!

M. Leer said...

i just remembered to check this! thanks!

Anonymous said...

hi
would it be possible to re-up cardiacs' 'ditzy scene'?
i missed it the first time..
cheers!

Anonymous said...

MediaFire mirror.