Stars In Battledress - In Droplet Form

SKU BR 015
Even though he released it and it might be considered 'cheating' by some of this world's harshest critics, this is Kavus' favorite album of 2014.

"Stars In Battledress is a British duo. Brothers Richard and James Larcombe write and perform delicate, otherworldly songs for harmony voices, piano and electric guitar. They've performed and recorded together and individually with William D Drake and the North Sea Radio Orchestra, but they began creating music together in childhood, ploughing an isolated furrow with hundreds of private cassette recordings. Initially they created collages from classical, folk and film and television music, crudely re-edited, reversed or slowed down, then learnt to perform and re-record the results, adding vocals and removing recognisable elements of the sources. In their twenties they rediscovered these "songs" and began to write new material in the style of what they heard. "In Droplet Form" is the second collection of this material.

The music of Stars In Battledress is uniquely English but never whimsical, poetic but never pretentious, defiantly unusual but never contrived, complex but never flash, trippy and dreamlike but with hardly a whiff of the sixties. Contradictions all, but in their precise, delicate music everything is where it should be. There are hints of Erik Satie, Syd Barrett, The Incredible String Band, Cardiacs and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, but their style is truly theirs alone. There's something lonely and distant about it, but there's warmth and charm in their fragile world, and a gentle humour in the lyrics.

Despite the small forces this is a very varied album. "Hollywood Says So" is a lively acoustic stompalong, and "Hunt The Button" piles layers of hurdy-gurdy and tape hiss into a haunting farewell to cassette. The Larcombes even "rock" on TKS2, with unison voices hovering over a blaze of looped distortion which evokes something of their surprising forcefulness as a live act. From the fluttery delay and stretched vowels of "A Winning Decree" to the ghostly chimes of "The Women From The Ministry", the album gives off the musty air of a cobwebbed music room, and listening to it is like pressing a puzzled ear to the wall."

  • LabelBeliever's Roast
  • UPC5060331226420
Your Price $18.00

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