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Regular local gig goers will probably recognise David Turnbull by now – whether he’s creating a doomy din with Okay Champ, tranquil dream pop with The Dawdler or most recently retro torch songs with Lovely Assistant. By contrast, the guitarist’s own project, Fax Machine, is yet to make its live debut, but has gathered a word-of-mouth following regardless on the strength of last summer’s low-key full-length, Soup. A gloriously off-kilter patchwork of lo-fi alt. pop, the record was likened in these pages to “a broken Field Music”; an aesthetic Turnbull has expanded and then some on this month’s follow-up, Ouch!

While Soup was pieced together from around a decade of disparate ideas, the new record benefits from a more focused gestation, with work (alongside returning producer Willy Thorneycroft) having commenced immediately after its predecessor’s release. Exploring the interplay between childhood memories and adult dreams with a characteristic discordant clang, Ouch! nevertheless skips through a melange of idiosyncratic sounds, effortlessly offsetting jarring and peculiar pop nuggets like Motorbike and Spelling Kids with stripped dirge-rockers such as the sax-splashed Scole Group. Due on 11th December, it’s a late addition to the bounty of brilliant releases North East artists have treated us to in 2020 – an early gift in this oddest of festive periods!

Fax Machine releases Ouch! via Treetrunk on 11th December


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