with some regret it’s been a fair few years since we had cause to feature Tulipomania. My, my – how they’ve matured in the absence. A new album circulating in pop world entitled ‘this gilded age’ which thus far is proving something of an errant chap who in both its CD and vinyl personas has so far managed to secrete and lose itself in transit. Still the wait only increases the expectation and the necessity to hear for this set comes sporting artwork by the legendary Vaughan Oliver and if ‘blinks first’ is anything to judge by, finds them comfortable in their skin and finding their own voice. Etched in shadows, the restless ‘blinks first’ comes crafted in a prime period 4AD classicism, fragmented and seeped in a skin prickling psychosis it seesaws and slithers precariously into the darkening folds of the Cure’s ‘disintegration’ albeit here as though rewoven and channelled down unseen pathways to where lurk the Legendary Pink Dots whereupon the chamber noir mosaics scratch and fester to an edgy sonic landscape petrified and squalling their splintered junk funk into a freakish aural carnival led from the fore by a joint enterprise comprised of ex birthday party-ers Messrs Harvey and Howard.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/129776135″>Tulipomania: Blinks First</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/tulipomania”>tulipomania</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>