The Grand Gestures
Two decades since taking his baby steps with Spare Snare, Grand Gestures ringleader Jan Burnett retains a certain myopia - or selective focus - regarding this music malarkey. Ergo, while this unimaginatively titled disc comes wrapped in some literally effortless cover art, the contents are another thing altogether. Fusing the vocal talents of a motley cast - among them RM Hubbert, Emma Pollock and Sanjeev Kohli - with his own limpid backing tracks, Burnett has stumbled on a beguiling formula that pinballs from juvenile dub to militaristic pop via sundry underexplored sub-genres following its own logic. The distaff side wins out overall, with Pollock in peerless form leading the pack ahead of Bdy_Prts and Jill O'Sullivan. Shining brightest for the boys is Kohli's picaresque The Spree Of Brian May, in which the guitarist flips, goes berserk and finds a novel purpose for his murder victims, but kudos is due to Hubbert and author Tom Doyle for their more grounded contributions.