ALBUM REVIEW: Houseplants – II | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 04.03.22





Prolific local artist Oli Heffernan, under his Houseplants banner, delivers a stream of aural consciousness narrated languidly by Leighton Crook and assisted by Neil Turpin on drums and Robbie Major on synth, who will also be helping Oli under his Ivan The Tolerable moniker as they head out on the road.

The sounds herein have an understated groove that builds up into a compelling psych-out weave, coalescing with lyrics that paint vivid automatic surreal scenes which are simultaneously familiar, connected and yet disjointed. Menacing in parts, particularly when told that “everything good must die” or that “everything ends in despair” which thankfully this album doesn’t do – it drives chugging on, soundtracking this oddly offbeat journey into a scorched post-punk psychedelic experience.


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