Yesterday's Record Store Day at Monorail Music was a blast. As ever, I bought a load of Record Story Day exclusives that I undoubtedly would have bought on any other day of the year: The Liminanas 7", the Hinds/The Parrots split 7", the third archival Half Japanese box, the new Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings 7", Night School's Rose McDowall reissue 12" etc.. I also bought the NF Porter reissue "Keep On Keeping On" / "I Can Only Be Sure" despite its 12.99 asking price because a) the SONGS and b) I'm no Daddy Warbucks so affording the originals is the stuff of delusional daydreams for me. The record I had been looking forward to picking up most, however, was The Wake's subtly shimmying "Clouds Disco" 7". It was a highlight of the cd version of last year's "Testament" compilation but belongs on 7" vinyl. Caesar's vocals are so gentle and great and those keyboards sway as organically as seaside grass. It's a sweet reminder that The Wake's melodies, heart and uncluttered arrangements are always welcome.
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