Plantations of Pale Pink EP
(1996, Matador Records)
Following in the style of the 6 GBV EPs released between 1993 and 1994, Plantations Of Pale Pink is rooted in the spontaneous and the haphazard. More in common with Clown Prince Of The Menthol Trailer than their previous EP Sunfish Holy Breakfast, this 7'' is a scrappy, fun collection, but does contain a few numbers that are DOA.
Systems Crash- 5 Drunk jazz drumming falls over drunk single string guitar plucking. Add this to drunk vocal harmonies and the result is this song. But you know what? It's like watching your very drunk friend tell a very painful, but ultimately very amusing joke. This teeters on the edge of 1 minute disaster and winds up thoroughly and unusually memorable, while being hypnotically melodic.
Catfood on the Earwig- 1 Clearly this is a Gillard lead as the big, surreal guitar sounds give away his style. Vocals and guitar scratching on the hi-fi level. No thanks.
The Who Vs. Porky Pig- 3 Garage riff, lo-fi with dubbed vocals over said loopy garage riff. Half-assed attempt at melodic chours. Yeah, sure. Flip over to Side-B.
A Life in Finer Clothing- 2 Out-of-tune scrappy guitar over novice drums and drunken Pollard lyrics bellowed over them. That's it. Ultra unflashy lead guitar riff is the only shining part.
The Worryin' Song- 1 Reverb shellaced vocals over bad guitar downstrokes. That's it.
Subtle Gear Shifting- 2 The Club is Closing, fuzzy-brained pulsation of a guitar track. Through monotone, lyrical slurring, Pollard spits out the EP name several times. Rough listen, but the listener can settle for the interesting background noise.