SUPERTOYS LAST ALL SUMMER LONG


ADAM FRANKLIN
November 9, 2009, 11:50 pm
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ADAM FRANKLIN
SPEND BULLETS
SECOND MOTION

Following last year’s collaboration with Interpol’s Sam Forgarino, ex-Swervedriver architect Adam Franklin has returned with a wizened sophomore album of tactile, beautifully understated treasures. The mellow alt-rock on earlier tracks soon expands into unfastened long-form travelling on meditative tempos, with the braided guitars in quiet conversation with Franklin’s translucent vocals, weaving a kind of amniotic dream-folk. Rather than default to droning shoegazer obliqueness, Franklin brings to bear a structural coherency and allegiance to composition. ‘Winter Girls’ could be a saved Elliot Smith in Nashville and carried on a plangent waltz ‘End Credits’ is graced with most divine of melodies. Its only until curtain-closer ‘Two Dollar Dress’ that Franklin re-engages with his former Creation days, his pretty, drowned words pressing softly against the vector of a bristling Kevin Shields-esque quiver.

8/10

DOWNLOAD:’WINTER GIRLS’ ‘CHAMPS’ ‘END CREDITS’
FOR FANS OF: ‘SWERVEDRIVER’ ‘JIMI HENDRIX’ ‘AIR’

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