Album: The Real Tuesday Weld, The London Book of the Dead (Antique Beat)
Sunday 24 August 2008
The Real Tuesday Weld – essentially Stephen Coates and a collective who help him realise his musical vision – have been making their hazy vintage pop and re-imagined Charleston swing for a small but dedicated audience of aesthetes and aficionados for most of this decade, and 'The London Book of the Dead' is a fine addition to their oeuvre. In and out of clarinets, brushed drums, ghostly girlish voices and the crackles of gramophone needles, Coates creates an impressionistic "now-then, now-then": neither the past tense nor the present tense, but the hesitant tense.
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