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Antique Seeking Nuns


Canterbury Scene

4.20 | 36 ratings

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4 stars Well I really love this one ... okay - the current (and final) EP of their trilogy 'Careful! It's Tepid' holds very interesting songs too. But taste is something very individual as we all know. However - this is my favourite ANTIQUE SEEKING NUNS production. During a longer period (many months) I relatively often played this songs - now I'm about to describe why. Not an easy task by the way, especially because I believe this one is close to a masterpiece of progressive rock in the meanwhile.

Probably it's the atmosphere which appeals - a special snapshot so to speak. Recorded in one day the production sounds completely rounded to me. Additionally the songs are faded into each other which makes it easier to listen in one go. Don't know how much of the basics (songwriting etc) already had been worked out years before. During the recording time though the chemistry must have been excellent I'm sure - all four band members are experienced musicians and the instrumental interaction is nearly perfect.

'Double Egg' holds canterbury infected songs - really tricky, showing a lot of tempo and rhythm variations as well as zappaesque excursions. And it's rather melodic, sometimes inviting for singing along. Initiated by a riffing guitar the title track shines with synchronous vocals and electric piano which nicely expresses the successful longtime collaboration between Matt Baber (keys) and Joff Winks (guitar, voice). Although provided with some twists and turns (others may say because of that) this is a very very charming song.

And the band continues in this promising way with the grooving Son Of Cheese - a lesson about ... cheese (derivative of milk). 'You chew it down' - the lyrics have a deeper sense probably and I don't get it - in any case you are forced to sing along after a while. Son Of Bassoon now follows as a lovely piano solo which takes time to open the door for the follower Shatner's Bassoon in a quite unplugged mood - really wonderful!

The closing song passes some greetings on to Frank Zappa I would say - an avantgarde tinged track - catchy nonetheless - which finally is referring to the follower EP 'Careful! It's Tepid' provided by a mysterious alienated voice. 'Double Egg' offers nineteen highly enjoyable minutes, perfectly balanced but unfortunately very short on the other hand. Don't know what more to say - just check this one out - and preferably tell me that I'm right - 4.5 stars really.

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