SPRATLEYS JAPS - "PONY"; "...Inexplicable off the wall charm and unorthodox prettiness... Inconsistent and unrestrained...
Spratleys Japs are firing off whatever wayward sparks are coming to them..."
This here is the very fine and the very first album from this very curious new outfit,
written, produced and featuring Cardiacs'
Tim Smith. All My Eye are also proud and honoured to boast such an unprecedented recording
as their first offering in our year 2001.
This "Pony" is all reinvented pop, as furiously clattering as it is dreamy, distant and
under-the-water. It is... "sparking, hissing wiring going off all over the shop, all held together with
gaffer tape... set against bursts of epic orchestration and banks of tiny voices struggling with shipping
forecast interference..." We just don't know what else to say. Except that only a fool should deny a "Pony"
grateful entrance into their houses, beckoned in with outstretched, eager arms, with that secure,
rare feeling that everything, at long last, makes super-sense.
RICH PICKIN'S!!! 10/10
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