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Complicated View

  • 1. Morgue Itch
    2. Complicated View
    3. Seconds of Your Time
    4. Ways Around It
    5. My Sacred Treetops
    6. Emily Barratt's Dead
    7. While You Consider This
    8. Ramshackle Paranoia Stomp
    9. Walk on Glass
    10. Ride Pillion
    11. Minefield Baby
    12. Drawing Moons
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 142

  • Credits
    ProducerDeleted Waveform Gatherings
    EngineerDeleted Waveform Gatherings

    Deleted Waveform Gatherings: Robert Skjarvik, Oyvind Holm (bass guitar); Robert Kjarvik (percussion); Hogne Galen, Anbjorn Viem, Even Granas (background vocals).
    Personnel: Oyvind Holm (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, percussion, loops, sound effects); Robert Skjrvik (percussion).
    Additional personnel: Gebhardt (banjo); Audun Berg Selfjord (cello); Rolf Martin Snustad (baritone saxophone); Jorgen Bronnvall (conga drum).
    Audio Mixer: Lars Lien.
    Recording information: Deleted Waveform Mobile Briefcase Studio (04/2006-08/2006).
    One might expect a Stereolab rip-off from a band named Deleted Waveform Gatherings, but in fact, Complicated View is a rather awesome blend of pure '70s AM pop (opening track "Morgue Itch" has a loping, bass-powered groove pitched exactly halfway between Wings' "Helen Wheels" and Tommy James' "Draggin' the Line"), trippy neo-psych alt-rock la Beck and, yeah, a little Stereolab as well in the vintage synth burbles that decorate the edges of these solidly constructed pop songs. Singer/songwriter Oyvind Holm has his influences on display a bit (Marc Bolan deserves some credit for Holm's deliciously whiny vocal style), but songs like the propulsive title track and the throbbing, tightly wound freakbeat of "Emily Barratt's Dead" are so instantly likable that it seems churlish to list the obvious touchstones. Fans of Cotton Mather's Kontiki who found Robert Harrison's new Future Clouds & Radar project too weird and sprawling for their tastes will be all over this. ~ Stewart Mason

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