Eddy Current Suppression Ring - So Many Things 2x12 inch
After three albums proper, Melbourne's cult garage rockers rifle through their wonderfully idiosyncratic back catalogue to assemble this odds'n'sods package of singles, alternate takes and compilation tracks. And it's a joy: 22 nuggets of sparky, catchy and deceptively artful rock music that ranges from first-wave punk (a rollicking cover of the Pagans' Boy, Can I Dance Good) through jaggedly melodic indie (Through the Trees) to strange, clattery krautrock (the title track). At the heart of ECSR's appeal is their weird ability to sound rigorously well-drilled and joyfully slapdash at the same time – there's clearly a serious musical chemistry at work here, but a raggedy imprecision, too, which just makes it all the more ear-catching. Frontman Brendan Suppression's stream-of-consciousness, spoken-more-than-sung vocals are a factor, too – ingenious, ludicrous, hilarious and unsettling by turns, from So Many Things' delusional, lovelorn rant to Hey Mum's disarmingly sweet/strange little thank-you-card song. An absolute treasure of a band.