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Love and Found


Backseat Dreamer

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  Indoor Miner  

Backseat Dreamer is a guy called Sean Neuse who apparently used to drum for an electro group called Culture Prophet. He decided, however, to "do something completely different being inspired by My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psycho Candy, early 4AD material, early Factory material, Slowdive, Joy Division / New Order, Tom Tom Club, Depeche Mode, Brian Eno, Berlin, Bowie, Suicide, and on and on and on."

Well that's what the blurb says anyway. Love And Found is a little more than quarter of an hour of chiming or distorted guitars with the odd bit of repetitive percussion. My Bloody Valentine and early 4AD? Yeah. I can hear that. But I defy anyone to listen to this and say, "Hey, I tell you what that sounds like. It's definitely influenced by the Tom Tom Club!"

What you do get are eight tracks, five of which clock under the two minute mark and leave you feeling that some of these are sketches for something bigger and better. The 29 second Intro and the 51 second Heartache which follows are basically shorter versions of And Forever which only clocks in just over a minute itself. It just leaves you wondering what the point is?

It's probably no coincidence that two of the longer tracks, I Don't Feel It and Untitled Love Song are amongst the better moments here as they have time to affect you. I'd certainly have liked Ever Changing to have gone on longer it really is rather lovely in a Loveless kind of way, but then suddenly, after little more than a minute and a half it's gone, which is a real shame.

The title track, on the other hand, is the longest track, but it doesn't really go anywhere. Admittedly it's nowhere near the length of the white noise section of You Made Me Realise at the reformed My Bloody Valentine gigs a few years back. But after a couple of minutes, it starts to have a similar effect in that I'm wishing they'd just get on with it.

So something of a frustrating release in some ways. There's clearly a talent here, but I'm not convinced that this EP is showcasing it to its full extent.

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