Here’s the first of my New Zealand sounds for this week, flying in all the way from... Exeter. Yes, thanks to a hook-up between the fine people at Occultation (Exeter - that’s in Devon, England) and Fishrider (Dunedin, that’s in New Zealand, but of course you knew that) these three fine records are available in one UK package that is finely honed to appeal both to the ears and the wallet. I had already heard the Puddle set of course. Obsessive followers of the Unpopular mixes (ha!) will remember the excellent ‘The Vitalist’ cropping on the ‘In My Room’ collection back in March. Anyway, it’s nice now to have it in a physical format (not that I really need CD and vinyl. I suspect one of those will find its way to the Isle of Lewis where my brother will put it to good use). Expect another bittersweet slice of the Puddle’s Vic Godard / Subway Sect flavoured treat on the next Unpopular mix. I spoil you, I really do
Similarly watch out for cuts from the Opposite Sex and Shifting Sands sets. From that eponymous Opposite Sex set expect to hear the marvellous opener ‘La Rat’. A fabulous slice of awkward angles and razorblades lurking in candyfloss. Part of me can’t help but think of Look Blue Go Purple playing Pylon songs whilst another muses on The Mekons flirting with The Raincoats eating chips in the rain in Leigh-On-Sea. Yep, that good. As for Shifting Sands, expect to hear ‘Worth Our While’; the track that for me best captures their Verlaines meets Straitjacket Fits rusty psychedelic oscillation. Marvellous, just marvellous.