Special Occasion

The Word
Special Occasion
The Word

Tempting to say this came from nowhere, but actually there were one or two portents, most significantly Special Occasion’s spotless Big Town 12” for Born Free last year. Based on who knows what I’d figured that record was a glorious one-off, but David C. Gray and Guy Gormley have surpassed themselves with this tape on their own Jolly Discs imprint. Gently surreal, awkward-fluent, urban-pastoral avant-pop songs in best Wyatt / Eno / G.Williams / Newman tradition, dressed with muted lovelorn horns, hoarse Rock Bottom keyboards and playful but carefully weighted bossa and house-wise rhythms. DIY that’s brave enough to use contemporary tools and technique rather than retreat into 80s pastiche, it stands out on the merit of the songs and the words, which are ambiguous but affecting, with a blue-eyed soul vibe judged just right (and down-at-heel not flash with cash). At various points The Word put me in mind of Scritti, The Blue Nile, Woo, Studio, Disco Inferno, Fish From Tahiti, Sam Prekop...but it has a sadness and sway all its own, and like I say it feels honest, not overly calculated, and above all contemporary. An excellent and refreshingly off-message tape (whatever the message is supposed to be). Highly recommended. 

 

 

 

£5.99

Relateds Products from Low Company

Baby
Low Company
Domestic Saga
5 Gate Temple
3
Not on label
Kings X
5 Gate Temple
2
Not on label
1
Not on label
SPRTLZM / SCIFI
Pessimist Productions
Done One
Low Company
Mud
Saucers
Private Failings
No Confidante Dictae Recs
Thieving Dogs!
Low Company
Aeons Revolve
Twin Womb
The Garden
Blackest Ever Black
Dub Hell / Devil's Dance
Blackest Ever Black
We All Have An Impact
Pessimist Productions
So Much Better
Kallista Records
Wino D
Wah Wah Wino
Księżyc
Penultimate Press
Monokultur
Förlag För Fri Musik
Never
Jolly Discs