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Reviewed on 5th March 2005.



By The Forgotten Cowboy

Slices of indie, heaps of raw callous vocals and an excitable scattering of computer shenanigans are the makeup behind this truly unique outing from Widnes based loon The Forgotten Cowboy, Pseudonym Dilbert Chesterton.

"The Conjuror (has sawn my wife in half)" starts proceedings bizarrely. A psychedelic-indie concoction which couples Chesterton's taut, dusky vocals with a jaunty guitar background, full of promise and darkly comic lyrics. The next two tracks crank up the tempo, but loose none of invention. Notably "Dreamscape Thrash" which is as disturbing as it is genius, impregnated with samples from the planet Mars and heavy guitar riffs. And so to last track "You don't need a telescope (to contact me)" and the package neatly gets bandaged up, sort of a cross between Wilco and the Joy division, "God can make you, God can break you." Purrs Chesterton amidst a monotonous tide of eccentric pads.

This offering is a stripped-down, hung out to dry, cutting-edge masterpiece. It sounds banal but Commercially music like this could never cut the mustard. I cant imagine it been on repeat on my car CD player, furthermore I cant apprehend how it would translate to a live setting. But none of this really matters, in his music Chesterton is breaking all barriers, and for this I applaud him. It is music like this that lays the foundation and paves the way for music revolutions to evolve. As always when I am blessed to here music this raw I think of the late John Peel. Peely would have loved this EP.



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