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I SAW SPOOMBUNG'S DAUGHTER CONSUMED BY KIRBY DOTS (2005)

'Kev Hopper has used his Spoombung alias several times since his bass playing days with 80's alt rockers, Stump. He has associated with The High Llamas and Stereolab contributing saw to the latter's 1999 album, 'Cobra and Phases'. And he is one third of the laptop trio, Ticklish, purveyors of tongue in cheek, glitch funk. In fact this new solo album can be seen as a pop-minded companion volume to Ticklish's recent Here Are Your New Instructions

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This clever, concise collection of oddball melodies is book ended by two snatches of domestic life, in which the junior members of the Hopper family get very excited about (a) a farting balloon, and (b) thunderclaps. They're charming illustrations of the pure enthusiasm for sound that underpins the whole album. Hopper creates vividly coloured tunes that progress steadily through cunning harmonic writing, featuring guitars celeste and keyboards. He then wraps them in fizzy, rubberoid beats that relate directly to Ticklish's use of electronics.
Voices range from space-age robots to a pitchshifted Al Johnson effect on 'Sadhammer' intoning lyrics both wistful and menacing: When you sprinkle with your hose/Kev Hopper knows. But Hopper also knows how how to create space within the sound, and the translucent, see-through quality is very attractive.


There's a great sense of fun here as he lines up his sweet romantic tunes and his bleeding edge, granulated electronics and lets them fight it out. The result is a dreamy but futuristic music that might well be appreciated by the outer space oddbods of Hopper's cover illustrations. The remarkable album sleeve is designed as a minature comic book. And the Kirby dots? Those are the black dots representing energy fields in space comics as developed by superhero comic artist, Jack Kirby.'

Clive Bell, Wire Magazine
October 2005