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As part of Fife’s celebrated Fence Collective, Tom (U.N.P.O.C.) Bauchop shares a healthy do-it-yourself aesthetic with labelmates James Yorkston, King Creosote and Lone Pigeon, whose Concubine Rice was one of last year’s overlooked jewels. With only drummer Stu Bastiman aboard, Bauchop’s frenzied overdubs of guitar, harmonies and tambourine rattle suggest Doolittle-era Pixies and Pet Sounds-era Brian Wilson scratching eyeballs over the bedroom four-track. Hints too of Joy Division and Skip Spence, but the multi-layered “Come In” and “Here On My Own” are the idiosyncrasies of an acute pop brain.


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