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Calling Disused Numbers by Little Japanese Toy

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Reviewed on 1st March 2003.


Calling Disused Numbers

By Little Japanese Toy

This is a very nice single from the Star Harbour label. It tucks right into the New Art Underground as if Chicago or Montreal were just up the road. The main item "Calling Disused Numbers" comes in with the guitar bass and rim shots that you've heard on the edge of your dreams, and somewhere else too that you can't quite place right now. It's familiar and comforting. But then a spooky lo-fi choir and a broad swathe of big chord synthy noises take it higher and deeper. And some kind of string part from a Blue Nile out-take drifts across the stereo. "1 Sunset" enters on Jim White emulation drums, with some great swoops of harmony and synthesised noise, till voices, a violin and a beautifully gentle guitar close it down. "Now I'm better" puts a falsetto voice out into the cold loneliness of the opening bars, then snuggles it up in backing vocals, guitar, bass, drums and layers and layers of great ideas. If you've enjoyed the Notwist's new melodic stuff. If you've been turned on by the presence of Low, or comforted by the intelligent grooves of Tortoise then here's your next purchase. And wait till the hauntingly beautiful brass section comes along like the cleaners to sweep it all up at the end. Inspired stuff.



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