a better man *craig bratley rmxs*
Format: 12" Import
RELEASE NOTES FROM CLAREMONT 56
What happens when you take a track by a British power trio heavily influenced
by blues and psychedelia, and get a master of wayward, left-of-centre
Balearica to remix it? That’s the premise behind Claremont 56’s latest vinyl
outing, which features Magic Feet Recordings boss Craig Bratley delivering
a pair of druggy, spaced-out interpretations of “Better Man”, one of the more
laidback outings from fast-rising rock combo Bella Figura.
The trio, comprised of Justin Gartry, Mikey Cooper and Jack Morford, have
gigged tirelessly since joining forces a few years back, enhancing their
reputation via a series of self-released EPs notable for their heavy grooves,
bluesy guitar arrangements and Gartry’s gravelly, emotion-packed vocals.
Even so, their work – as atmospheric as it is – has never sounded this cosmic.
Craig Bratley has previous in this regard. His solo releases for Is It Balearic,
Bird Scarer and, most recently, Tsuba, tend towards the druggy, unusual and
atmospheric, while his Magic Feet imprint has become renowned for its unique
blends of slo-mo wonkiness and off-kilter, early morning Balearica.
He handles the poignant “Better Man” with great care, delivering vocal and
instrumental interpretations doused in delay and reverb, with occasional bursts
of white noise and deep space electronics enhancing the horizontal, smackedout
mood. There are notable beats – sparse, slow and dubbed out – but these
are almost drowned out by Gartry’s reverb-drenched guitars and Cooper’s
booming, pitched-down bassline. This is emotionally raw rock music dragged
through a K-hole backwards, reappearing somewhere the other side of Jupiter.
It’s a trip worth taking.
Thick card, reverse board full color sleeve.