The Sprigs – Before I Glare Up At The Sun Through The Top Soil
Label: Not On Label – none Format: Cassette, Album Country: UK Released: 2022 Genre: Folk, World, & Country Style: Lo-Fi, Abstract
Public service expanded tape reissue of this totally intriguing slice of self-described ‘Peckham primitive’ originally released last year on Malvern Brume‘s Infant tree label.
Perhaps it the fact that Time has now completely dilated, or perhaps it’s just because it’s pretty much perfect but, the Sprigs debut CD-R already feels like a modern classic. So much so, that it makes total sense the it’s already getting the deluxe reissue treatment complete with previously unreleased tracks. It’s a Beautifully scrappy meeting point between diaristic real-world clatter and a particular strain of folk-pop romanticism. The collaged structure, the folk/indie/synth/noise blueprint and the hermetic world-building recall the whole Enhet för Fri Musik / Monokultur thing or some of the sweeter stuff on Xpressway.But the scuffed up stoned diffidence and the ramshackle embarrassed sincerity lend it a particularly British, possibly even South London specific aesthetic. The diy pastoral Wind in the Willows cover, the beautifully lazy combinations of sketchy guitar, Tascam hissand Casio meander, and the church hall socialism all speak to me on a deep level. And, as spring struggles to begin again this music this blurry but hopeful sounds just right... (mint / new, w/ free download) - shops pls get in touch for wholesale.
Tracklist 1 The Bobbies 2 From Flora, Not At All 3 His dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing 4 Hiding Under The Hills 5 Scrap song 6 Guitar Song with Lou 7 Ear To The Rustling Reeds 8 bit 9 Oval Lot Summit 10 6 mice trapped helpless under the Prayerie 11 Shoddy Car Chase Theme 12 W. Bells