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Review: 'Thomas White'
'The Last Blast'   

-  Label: 'Cooking Vinyl'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '1st March 2010'

Our Rating:
I'll be the first to admit that I never really dug The Electric Soft Parade. I liked the early sleeve designs, from before they added the 'Electric' to the name and shortly after. Other than that, I found little of interest in their work. But there's a lot more to Thomas White than ESP, and his resume is both impressive and eclectic. He's played either live or in the studio with - to name but a few - Sparks; Brakes; The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster; British Sea Power; The Pipettes... the list goes on.

Similarly, his influences are diverse to say the least, spanning what he terms 'jangle and all things harmonious,' to a 'secret love... for sludge of any kind,' citing Sunn 0))) and Part Chimp, as well as The Dandy Warhols.

How does this all pan out on 'The Last Blast'? Really rather well, actually. It's a dynamic burst of fizzy guitars propelled by a powerhouse rhythm and bolstered by some bold horns. The vocals are clipped with a hint of distortion, and White comes across like Mark E Smith in places, tossing out disjointed lyrics with a cynical sneer.

It's always a pleasant surprise to find a single that confounds expectations and is a genuinely inspired nugget of sonic gold, and this is indeed one of those rare finds.
  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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