Absolute unmitigated BELTER cassette compilation of solo material by John Kelcher, onetime member of Flying Nun nearlymen Sneaky Feelings (authors of the immortal ‘Throwing Stones’), bringing together songs from the now impossible-to-find tapes Personal Disorganiser (1991) and Actual Size (1994) - and set to catapult him from obscurity into, er, further obscurity?
JOKING aside, the stuff here stands comparison with anything that ever came out via the sainted Nun, with that definitively NZ/Oz blend of the sardonic and romantic that will always be the key to this earth's most truthful and transcendental and unannoying rock music. Kelcher is particularly deft at sounding simultaneously heavy-lidded world-weary and bug-eyed alive to the moment; his brand of psychedelic pop simply but lushly arranged, exuding heart and intelligence, concise and rhythmic but also endless-summer strung-out and droning and repetitive in all the right ways - ways that have typically eluded English and American bands over the years. There’s a particularly acid-fried, heat-hazed vibe to tracks like ‘Sinister Minister’ (Vulture)’ and ‘Sandy’, with their gorgeous interlaced guitars, that reminds me of Meat Puppets, and there are whispers too of Tom Verlaine, Wipers, Vaselines, Dream Syndicate, Normil Hawaiians...Jesus and the fucking apostles! How mad that we've never come across this work before - and how easily that might've remained the case. Doesn't bear thinking about. Perfect, perfect music - BLISS TO BE ALIVE! Need a lie-down now. Cassette edition of 120, comes with download. See also: the similarly ace David Yetton (Jean-Paul Sartre Experience) tape just in from Thokei too.