August 16, 2018

Jumble Hole Clough: Bats Tidied Up Heliport

photo: Jason Elliot

English avant-gardist Colin Robinson has pulled out all the stops on Bats Tidied Up Heliport the latest album of his Jumble Hole Clough. He is a musician who makes eccentricity look bland and mainstream as he cooks up a wild, post-pastoral songs that will baffle - and quite possibly - slightly worry casual listeners. Being a versatile multi-instrumentalist enables him to pick any colour or texture he likes, going wild like Jackson Pollock or pinpointing the notes like the dots of Georges Seurat. Robinson isn't the world's greatest singer, but his laconic delivery fits in nicely with his off-hand wordplay (John Wayne Is Big Wobbulator), penchant for anagrams, and knack for turning casual observations into something universal.

With Bats Tidied Up Heliport also serves as a tribute Michael Linden West, his like-minded, genre-bending fellow musician. He appears on the haunting, dada-esque Bela Lugosi's Shed, but his influence hovers above the album as a whole.

Bats Tidied Up Heliport is a self-released album. Buy it (pay-what-you-want) from his website.

  1. Platitudes Prohibited
  2. I Blame Mac's Twinkles (A Bellman Always Skims Twice)
  3. John Wayne Is Big Wobbulator
  4. Pink Prestwich
  5. Bela Lugosi's Shed
  6. Oh Come On, Try This Just Once
  7. That's Cheating - But In A Good Way
  8. A Windswept Beach Hut (Haiku))
  9. A Witches' Elm
  10. Sack-truck And Ashes
  11. Memo To Machete
  12. The Rain's The Same
  13. All Quiet On The Western Front

All instruments, vocals, engineering and production by Colin Robinson
Michael Linden West (samples): piano, viola, saxonet, shehnai and voice (Bela Lugosi’s Shed)
Janice Johnston Howie: vocals (Oh Come On, Try This Just Once)

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