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Pip Dylan | Of All The Things I Can Eat (Fence)
Dedicated to "those eaten by bears or stung by wasps", 'Of All The Things...' is the latest dose of skewed folk emitted from Fence's far-flung Scottish outpost. Written and performed virtually alone, Pip Dylan's own spin on the Fence formula consists of solid melodies strung with a more country-tinged slant, some nicely off-key Beach Boys-esque harmonies and a suitably lived-in croak of a voice, like a squeaky, pre-pubescent Paul Simon. Rickety and light-hearted, Dylan occasionally loses his self-penned script over these forty-five minutes, yet somehow always manages to amble quickly back to some point of near clarity. None more so than on the dizzy dub-blues of Moonman, and the softly cushioned urges of The Morning Sun. All-in-all, it's a highly tempting dish indeed.
CWAS #13 - Autumn 2003