The psychedelic brainchild of ex-Cardiac and Ginger Wildheart alumnus Jon Poole and Jackdaw4/Honeycrack polymath Willie Dowling, this exquisite frolic through the verdant pastures of lysergic pop and ultra-British whimsy is simply one of the most gorgeously idiosyncratic records to emerge in years.
The Dowling Poole: Bleak Strategies
Some gloriously batty Great British tomfoolery.
Fans of XTC in their mid 80s pastoral pomp will immediately fall in love with songs like wide-eyed opener The Sun Is Mine, fidgeting symphonic pop splurge Hey Stranger and the swirling keys and Squeeze-meets-Damned rush of Where The Memories Fester.
But this is much more than a pretty mess of familiar reference points. Its creators’ quirky sonic outlook and unerring knack for excitedly coughing up razor-sharp melodies ensure that Bleak Strategies briskly trumps its source material and mischievously ushers the listener into a fizzing, fresh and vivid world of relentless ingenuity and twinkling audio wonderment.
Flawless and exhilarating, this demands to be the soundtrack to all our waking summer dreams.