SPRATLEYS JAPS-HAZEL, CD EP, 1999, UK MP3/Flac

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Long requested in the wake of my posts of Cardiacs rarities, this briefly assembled offshoot project of Cardiacs leader Tim Smith and Joanne Spratley took inspiration from a dysfunctional mellotron that was on loan to them at the time (used extensively on their recordings) and placed the emphasis more on epically sweeping acid pop grandiosity that the Queen-meets-XTC-en route to The Rocky Horror Picture Show prog punk freneticism of The Cardiacs proper. Just goosebump-inducing work here (dig that signature squashed acid vocal effect!), though those of you who are looking for more than just this very brief EP will either have to fork out for the remaining stock of their godhead "Pony" CD that Aquarius still has in stock or wait 'til their copies run out before I up that one. Messr. Smith may have been laid low these last few years after his tragic heart attack/stroke, but his musical vision remains amongst the most profound of the last several decades. Here's more evidence to support that thesis...

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