Some rapid-fire impressions / a quick round-up.
Foldydown is like a cross between early / mid 70’s Robert Wyatt and, er, Pete UM. Hesitant, plucked nylon-stringed guitar, while Aaron’s playful, close-mic’d multi-tracked vocals relate a round-the-houses tale of what sounds to me like a series of covert eiderdown liaisons. Animal metaphors abound. Mongezi Feza on trumpet, innit. Intimate, fun and very engaging.
Jesus Auto Sound emerges from mouth-humm-mummbe-lings into a backstreetscape described by double-bass, piano and xylophone. There are sounds I can’t quite identify – Strings? Bell-like chimes? Up-pitched trumpet? – I’m not kidding about the backstreet vibe; I feel half-lost at 1:45 am in the winding lanes and alleyways of some half-familiar town; I feel sorry for the song’s ‘narrator’ – or is it me I feel sorry for?; I’m not sure – Aaron pulls off that slightly lost / slightly confused / slightly drunk and misplaced vibe really well: there are lines / phrases about (I think) “sailors” and “miners” and it’s v. nicely Jazz-Pop-inflected and, again, a hint of Wyattisms and that’s really not a bad thing. Listening to this is like rummaging through someone’s emotional dustbin in the wee small hours. I should feel guilty, but.
Man Wakes up With Wings. Some kinda stuttering / sampled / slightly distorted fuzz-synth / gtr intro (and we return to this mini-motif later, tho it’s different when we do), then it goes into a sort of bust n broken-up Fred Frith-ish melody-riff; I’m thinking a Slapp Happy / Peter Blegvad Pop-Gawn-Wrong vibe here: complex interlaced melody and vocal patterns, pitter-patter off-kilter drumming (Chris Cutler backing Squeeze), a gtr-line that sounds kinda Congolese, but via early-80’s NY; tuned wood-blocks or summat – it’s ambitious and inventive, a Micro-Pop-Opera / a single- track Song-Cycle – the kind of thing that Godley & Creme used to fuck about with, but with an overt post-Vernon Yard flava (Pop in Opposition); I really like this.
Edited to correct my boo-boo - that the album was released under the artist-name Invisible Sports.