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Wiz­ard and stu­dent make glo­ri­ously strange de­but

Au­dio­books are an in­con­gru­ous pair – sea­soned pro­ducer David Wrench and Gold­smiths stu­dent Evan­ge­line Ling. Per­form­ing live, they’re an out-of­con­trol party; Ling Ir­ish danc­ing, Wrench con­trol­ling a pyra­mid of retro synths. This de­but of first-take pop songs crashes those con­trast­ing worlds to­gether in a se­ries of es­o­teric, dance­able, fre­quently amus­ing sto­ries about sleep­ing in gar­dens (“Hot Salt”), body wax­ing (“Dance Your Life Away”) and Swansea (“It Get Be So Swansea”). It’s Ling’s sur­real po­etry – “Grandma Jimmy” de­tails a fam­ily hol­i­day in­clud­ing a “car-sick dog” – de­liv­ered in a posh ac­cent that make this a real cher­ish­able odd­ity. That some peo­ple will find the whole shtick un­palat­able makes it even bet­ter.

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