The Lazily Spun - s/t
(Camera Obscura 2003, CAM055CD)
From Aural Innovations #24 (July 2003)
Lazily Spun is kind of a psychedelic/alterna thing. Mostly 3-5 minute tracks with one 8 min and one 14 min. Itís primarily vocal oriented with the rest of the band (instruments) relegated to the background - which gives it a kind of spacey effect. The Lazily Spun is Matt Woolham (vocals, guitars, percussion, sound manipulation), Harry Sumnall (bass, harmonium, guitars, percussion, keys), James Pagella (drums), and Juan Bercial-Velez (lead guitar). Matt strums and comps on both electric and acoustic guitars. Juan provides electric guitar soloing throughout. He solos behind everything, even the vocals - very tasty. The interplay between the strumming guitars and the leads has a very nice effect. Thereís even Mellotron in places.
Itís not really a guitar album. Almost everyone plays some type of keys or adds some sort of sound manipulation, including voice samples, so itís pretty layered. The 2 long songs are a bit spacier, but thatís because thereís more room to experiment. I liked it because itís a nice middle between new-psychedelic and alternative.
For more information you can visit The Lazily Spun web site at: http://www.lazilyspun.co.uk.
The Lazily Spun is distributed by Camera Obscura. You can visit their web site at: http://www.cameraobscura.com.au.
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Reviewed by Louis Hesselt-van-Dinter