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Songs of Green Pheasant – Gyllyng Street

(Fat Cat) UK release date: 20 August 2007

Two years after the release of their eponymous debut album this is the third effort from the outfit that comprises of artist/teacher Duncan Sumpner plus whoever he happens to have with him at the time.

On this occasion we have additional vocalists, drummers, bassists and a trumpet player. Think of them as a less attractive Paris Motel.

Citing luminaries such as Devendra Banhart, Veltiver and M�m as fans you don’t need to be a rocket-scientist to work out what you’re going to be getting. For those of you who think that the sole purpose of Chaos Theory is the production of nice t-shirt designs, think of them as a less interesting modern day Simon & Garfunkel, with a tinge of early 90s indie after one hash-cake too many. If this album were any more laid back it would be comatose.

The tracks themselves are remarkably good for something which is quite clearly produced on a modest budget, and it’s nice to see what you can actually come up with without having to resort to whirrs, clicks and auto-tune. The tracks themselves are pretty much of a muchness. You get a bit of variety with Julie Cole’s guest vocals on Fires P.G.R. and A Sketch for Maenporth is a slightly warbly instrumental laid over what sounds like someone using a mangle, but that’s about as exciting as you’re going to get from this.

It’s a sad thing when the most interesting thing you can say about an album is the debate that the press release provoked amongst the reviewers about Sheffield not being in northwest England and whether it not you could possibly describe any part of it as being rural.

There’s not a great deal else to say about the seven tracks that make up this album. It’s background music with a bit of a twist, but that’s about it. If you want something to help you sleep then it’s a sound investment, otherwise it’s really not worth bothering with.

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