Thistle Group

Thistle Group
Thistle Group
Thistle Group

On first listen this new 7" from Claire Mahoney's "slowly scrambled solo endeavour" Thistle Group seemed a bit slight, bit wispy, but more fool me... it's a wild animal, a blinder, but the kind you have to meet in the middle. 'Hold On' lays down the sleep-deprived, hyper-sensitised, high-lonesome vibe: Mahoney's drowned-folk vocalisations bobbing and weaving amidst industrial flotsam / ice-floe, strangled guitar and funereal one-armed-drumming. Party! 'High' gestures in the direction of pop bliss, with its spacey Fisher Price keyboard tones (think Pickle Factory, Call Back The Giants etc) and gently climbing lullaby melody, and 'Always The First Sleep' combines righteously involuted axe-melt in the tradition of Mahoney's countrymen Brian Crook and the Dead C with cold machinic death-throb, and 'Into The Night' comes over like some unholy hybrid of CDF and early '90s Whitehouse.  

£7.99

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