The North Sea Scrolls Fan­tas­tic Plas­tic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS -

★★★★ When the “var­i­ous artists” in­clude Luke Haines (British out­sider anti-pop star and melodic ge­nius par ex­cel­lence, for­merly of The Au­teurs and Black Box Recorder) and Cathal Cough­lan (Ir­ish mav­er­ick ex­traor­di­naire, for­merly of Mi­crodis­ney and Fa­tima Man­sions), then you know that a larks-fu­elled game is afoot. This ensem­ble project, how­ever, is not so much a song suite as a con­cep­tual al­bum and aca­demic lec­ture. Cheek­ily con­ceived as a (coun­ter­fac­tual) record of a par­al­lel his­tory of Eng­land (which, fol­low­ing the sec­ond World War, has been in­vaded by the Ir­ish and gov­erned by the fas­cist Oswald Mosely). The plot­lines fea­ture a di­verse ar­ray of char­ac­ters , in­clud­ing Tim Hardin, while the tunes ring with equal parts melodic se­ri­ous­ness and glee. One for con­nois­seurs. luke­ TONY CLAY­TON-LEA Down­load: Witches in the Wa­ter, Tim Hardin MP

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