Have been getting to grips with three albums which arrived in the post earlier this week:
- Psapp What Makes Us Glow - their fourth album after a five year gap, and sounds just like their third. Quirky, 'toy-tronic' songs which wouldn't look out of place in a 1927 theatre production (the company not the date). The fact that I once played kazoo with them on stage in Singapore may have something to do with my continued allegiance.
- Jon Hopkins Immunity - excellent new-ish album by electronica, soundtrack and (staged) dance music composer. Eno meets Autechre on a good day.
- James Blake Overgrown - strange collection of sparse songs set to minimal electronic backing, not too dissimilar to Antony Hegarty. Can't decide whether I like it or not. I have to admit I was prompted by the fact that Eno contributes to a track rather than it winning the Mercury Prize this year (NB: Jon Hopkins' album was also nominated). And it's mildly intriguing that his dad is John Litherland, who used to be guitarist in heavy proggers Colosseum and Mogul Thrash.