If you and/or someone close to you is a regular reader of this blog, we have the perfect after-Christmas present for you: Unravelled: 1981-2002
. It is a 55-track compilation of the work of New Zealand's Tall Dwarfs
. The project of Alec Bathgate and Chris Knox, who previously had been in Toy Love. Tall Dwarfs
was the captivating synthesis of '60s guitar pop, '80s jangle and plenty of inventive experimentation (OK, a bit of weirdness as well). The compilation does not include every one of their recordings, but it covers a large portion with tracks from their entire time as a band. If we had to provide a pithy descriptor it might be "the Beatles and Young Fresh Fellows form their version of Television Personalities". Of course, many reasonable minds can and will differ, but it is hard to do justice to such wide-ranging creativity. Add it to you collection, and you likely will listen often.
Unravelled is available in digital, 4-LP, and 2-CD formats via Merge Records.
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