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the Beachcombers Scrying Mirror

Year Released: 2011
Format: CD
Label: Daddy Tank Records
Reviewed by Captain Fidanza on Mar 8, 2012
This is the fifth release today from the daddytank label who appear to have posted Collective almost their entire roster recently. It hasn't all been to my taste but they were responsible for releasing the sublime “Proxemics” album by Social Studies which was reviewed here last October so somebody there must have their head on.

This here album has the most incredible song titles of any record I have listened to since that bizarre Acid Mother's Temple CD. A selection:

Pixelated Deterrent Owl
Mercury Switch Pendant
Don't Wake the Conger

Of course, when the music you're creating is wordless, I suppose you're not really constrained by the usual laws of naming songs. For instance, when the members of The Original finished writing their first song way back in the early 1990's, they had a look at it and realised the phrase “I Love You Baby” had been used 400 times, so a decision was taken to name the song “I Love You Baby” in recognition of the fact they had used the phrase “I Love You Baby” 400 times. (If you don't remember this Klub Klassic, someone (not me) is currently selling it on Discogs for 25p so you can check it out for next to nothing.)

Anyway, when your songs consist of nothing but skittering bursts of beautifully programmed electronica, you're free to call them whatever you like and that's just what The Beachcombers have done here. Power to them.

Incidentally, I had hoped they might have chosen to include some references to the extraordinarily brilliant English humorist J.B. Morton but cram me with eels, they haven't.

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