the nom de plume of one Phil Cooper and releases on Zimmer
Records another Net label, If only there were something.
I've been meaning to listen to this for about a month since I got it
for review, and to be honest, its a bit of a mixed bag; but 20
minutes ago, I was kicking myself for not having listened to this
earlier, because the opener When you take me down is a track
I should NOT have waited for, and have wasted a month NOT being
aware of! Its so full of influences and memories of long forgoton
music, obscure things I used to listen to but can't for the life of
me remember. The vocals are a slightly clearer and less hazy Pete
Kember (Sonic Boom) from Spaceman 3, monosynths wobble like...
oh...who was it? Can't remember... theres a gliding synth that
sounds like a 70's wildlife theme tune and some seriously dodgy slap
bass! But I love it... It reminds me of music thats donkeys years
ago, and sold 25 copies to weirdos. (Want the list? Young Marble
Giants, Pink Military, Delta 5, Lemon Kittens... See! Told you it
was obscure!) So... it reminds me of a lot, but so what?
The standard is not quite this high all the way through the album,
and most of it definitely has a bit of a home made sound that could
do with a bit of production. The drum machine relentlessly tick
tocks throughout and I would prefer real drums in this context, but
I think Mr Cooper is actually trying to achieve a bit of 80's
nostalgia by using it.
Both Shine and The Sun are excellent songs however,
they just need a bit of a tart up!
The duelling Fahey-ish guitars on thoughts are either not
tight enough or loose enough, but an interesting soundscape is
achieved on is there anything where the title is sung over
and over, on a bed of sea and wave sounds, a metronomic beat
chopping in and out. If only there were something is the let
down though, just a bit of a messy pseudo weirdness to end the
album... I give When you take me down another listen, and
sure enough, it WAS as good as I thought and goes straight onto my
If Phil Cooper aka eXp only recorded this song and then got
hit by a train, he would have left a pretty good mark on the world,
and for that his mum should be proud!