The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - JIM CAR­ROLL


Lazy­bird Rollers/Sparkers dwell in an in­ter­est­ing creative space. Their pre­vi­ous re­leases (Ge­og­ra­phy for the Leav­ing, an EP, and the album Sec­ond Level Cross­ing) showed the Dublin group happy to push and pull at sound foun­da­tions un­til they found a new base for their wares. Here, on an album of im­pro­vised ses­sions later edited and en­hanced, Rollers/Sparkers have a sim­i­lar game plan, and their col­lec­tive at­ten­tion goes a-wan­der­ing a lit­tle in pur­suit of new highs. Some of this approach works: there are strong hints of a fond­ness for An­i­mal Col­lec­tive’s out-there an­gling in the way Glass Bis­cuits tips over into a twit­ter­ing melt­down, while the mi­cro-classical strums and things on the jaunty CIE Ac­tion Fig­ures are pitched just right. Against that, there’s a sense of dis­tracted dis­lo­ca­tion through­out Hames that isn’t as al­lur­ing. Next time around, such ex­per­i­ments and flights of fancy would prob­a­bly ben­e­fit from a bit of map­ping. www.rollerss­park­ers. com

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