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GUTHER – I know you know (Morr Music)

Posted: January 24th, 2005, by Simon Minter

This was a very pleasant surprise; somebody I know gave me the album with their recommendation and, as I often do, I took their recommendation with a pinch of salt and placed the CD on my slow-moving ‘things to listen to’ pile. But now with my new capacity for listening to CDs in the car, I spent a happy trip to and from work today, listening to ten lovely, warm-sounding tracks of very vaguely electronic, very vaguely indie-pop, very vaguely sad, very vaguely uplifting melody.

I like this because of its simplicity and effortlessness. The vocals remind me very much of Broadcast – clearly enunciated and odd in tone – and that band’s dark side is here too, albeit with a sweeter edge and a less dense sound. The lyrics cover the usual boy/girl/love lyrics, but in a combined honest and tangential way which adds to the charm. What at first seem like straightforward pop songs bear repeated listening with their slightly oblique lyrics, melodies and structure.


Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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