Friday, September 22, 2006

Spray Gunk

Two Lone Swordsmen - Gay Spunk

Ignore the laddish joke of the title (or giggle if you must) and instead dive into the aqueous ambient electronica of ‘Gay Spunk’ by Two Lone Swordsmen. Taken from the ‘A Bag of Blue Sparks EP’, the duo’s first release on Warp in 1998, this is a track that’s as deep as the ocean, with layer upon layer of shimmering wonder to bathe your ears in. It ebbs and flows with undulating percussion, twanging guitars, a shifting bassline and iridescent melodies that sparkle like the sun on the sea. People often chuck around the ‘genius’ superlative when talking about Weatherall, usually with reference to his production work on Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’. Personally, I think it’s on tracks like this, in partnership with Keith Tenniswood, that he truly shows the depth of his talents. This is a gorgeous piece of music and one I will never tire of hearing.

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