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4 stars Written and performed by the "trio" version of POOR GENETIC MATERIAL (PGM) - Philip Griffiths (vocals), Stefan Glomb (guitars and bass), and Philipp Jaehne (keyboards and programming) - "Stargazing" is one of a series of singles-only releases springing from an abundance of material beyond that which can be included in the infrequent full length offerings by this long lived and much respected collaboration.

Well, it's certainly not for a lack of quality that "Stargazing" will remain a wallflower! It bears all the hallmarks that we have come to expect: the rich tone and reflective lyrics of PHILIP GRIFFITHS; the atmospheric support of the band's core composers and instrumentalists for the last 2 decades of enviable stability; and most of all that unmistakable grook. That's a word blend that could easily escape my lips when attempting to describe the cross between a hook and a groove that permeates PGM's work. It's like a subliminal "listen to me again, please" that seems implanted in the "private bit" of the MP3 itself. So I did, and I did again, and again and again, and I was glad. I'm especially fond of the rhythmic keyboard motifs and the unhurried and forgiving vocal passages that beckon me between summonses.

if you are wondering, the full band release of "Here Now" is due out in September. That's where talent like flautist Pia Darmstaedter and Philip's father MARTIN GRIFFITHS joins in. That should keep my eyes glazing (sic) at my calendar for the next month.

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