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Originally granted a limited release in 2012, DFA Records are now bring to wider attention Slim Twig’s marvellously oddball spin on vintage rock and pop A Hound at the Hem. Listening to the eight tracks that make up the album is like falling through a funhouse mirror history of pop music, with everything warped and reflected back onto itself in curious new shapes. Echoes of rockabilly, ‘60s girl groups and late Stereolab abound, while the swooping strings that flow through the record bear the distinct fingerprints of Jean-Claude Vannier’s arrangements for Serge Gainsbourg. It’s a lo-fi record that seems immaculately detailed, full of swooning melodies placed in surreal new contexts. Comparisons to David Lynch get thrown around all too easily, but this inscrutable gem might just merit it.

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