Hello Jane, gotta Neu mo­torik?

Prog - - Limelight -

The grad­ual diminu­tion of the EP as a cred­i­ble for­mat is a de­press­ing phe­nom­e­non. Where once there was Five By Five and Ready Steady Who, there’s now an al­bum track of gen­uine down­load­able merit, bulked out by an ex­clu­sive ‘meh’ remix and a cou­ple of bits of half‑cocked fluff. Ob­vi­ously Jane Weaver can’t be held en­tirely re­spon­si­ble for the cul­ture’s on­go­ing plum­met into the mire, but The Ar­chi­tect – an un­de­ni­able slice of driv­ing kraut­pop ge­nius – is en­joyed to far bet­ter ad­van­tage set amid the ex­cel­lence of her ninth Mod­ern Kos­mol­ogy al­bum than cast adrift here with a trio of mar­ket­ing af­ter­thoughts. Harsh? Per­haps, but by com­par­i­son to its tit­u­lar lead track, The Ar­chi­tect EP’s for­get­table sup­port­ing fea­tures (Andy Vo­tel’s remix adds five min­utes to its du­ra­tion, but lit­tle else; there’s acous­tic hu­mathon Code; El­e­ment has fur­ther ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with added bis­cuit tin drum ma­chine) are un­likely to en­ter the reper­toire of the na­tion’s few re­main­ing whistling milk­men. How­ever, The Ar­chi­tect it­self is a de­li­ciously space‑whis­pered, dance­floor‑friendly re­cal­i­bra­tion of Pri­mal Scream’s Kill

All Hip­pies and, stripped of ad­di­tional bag­gage, well worth a cheeky stream. IF

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