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COPY HAHO – Bookshelf (I Fly Spitfires)

Posted: January 22nd, 2007, by Marceline Smith

Find Copy Haho CD under pile of other CDs. Think ‘why do I still have this in my review pile? I am obviously never going to listen to it’. Read press release and spot words “members of Hookers Green No.1”. Think ‘ooh, I must listen to this’. Put back in pile. Repeat. This is what has been happening for the last few months until finally, FINALLY, I actually listened to the CD. And, you know what, it’s fantastic. It’s a rare thing indeed for a song from a review CD by a band I’ve never heard of to make it on to my daily bus ride favourite songs playlist and much much rarer for both songs to go on the playlist and still be there two months later. Ergo, Copy Haho are something special.

Bookshelf starts off all twinkling keyboards, lilting vocals and meandering guitars, stumbling sleepy-eyed through the dusk before they take a wrong turning and lurch unexpectedly into a lost chorus from Slanted & Enchanted. Which, of course, is brilliant so they stand firm, coolly acting like this was part of the plan all the while looking for the door so they can get back to wandering and remembering. Dessert Belle is even more dazed and dreamy, the vocals smudged around the edges and the music swirling around, tinges of Hood and, yes, Hookers Green making it all the more lovely. Oh, Aberdeen, how much better you are doing since I left. I almost miss you.

This is actually a 7″ and you can buy it now.

Copy Haho at Myspace

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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