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Retoryka Super Maudlin EP Everyday Life Records
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Ged M - Oct 22, 2015
“Want to buy some illusions, second hand, slightly used?” sings Kevin Retoryka, previously in Jacques Caramac and the Sweet Generation and the Be Be Cees on his solo EP. This was inspired by the dark side of entertainment and its effect is perversely entertaining and dark. That line comes from ‘The Great Beauty’, a brilliant pop song with an easy rhythm and a loping stride, slipping down easily like cold beer in a heatwave. That’s the most conventional song; The rest are examples of what he calls “uneasy listening”. ‘The Pictures’ kicks off with a weird blues riff and opens up into all sorts of grotesquery, including a warped guitar sound. 'Super Maudlin’ is dramatic with its aggressively stabbed piano and ‘Dark Entertainment’ is Pink Floyd-esque English psych. One theme, 4 songs, all novel, all rather good (and ‘The Great Beauty’ very good).