Brogues rightly picked up on Le Thug just before the Christmas break. For some reason it slipped right past me at the time of posting and I am glad that he nudged my elbow about it last weekend. The gorgeous ‘Paints’ is every bit as special as Brogues suggests and certainly marks a step up in gear from what has gone before. For whilst the debut ‘Ripping’ EP was in places really rather lovely (the opening ‘Tenerife’ and the closing ‘Of Europe (Arc 1993)’ were my particular favourites) it was nevertheless inescapably derivative of My Bloody Valentine circa ‘Glider’ and into ‘Loveless’. Nothing wrong with that of course, and as far as facsimiles go then ‘Ripping’ is right up there. But ‘Paints’ shows Le Thug stepping up, up and away from those blueprints and into the kind of territory that groups like Seefeel, Laika or Mouse On Mars escaped to in the ‘90s. Heady atmospheres indeed.
As Brogues also mentions, ‘Paints’ is no longer available to stream on their Bandcamp page, but should see the light of day very soon on a new EP for Song By Toad records. ‘Basketball Land’ from the same EP is available on the free ‘Magic Beanz’ label sampler now.