Peter Jefferies

Chorus of Interludes

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Generously described by Jefferies in his liner notes as being not a collection of solo singles but rather one of "collaborative efforts...issued as such" on 7” vinyl and on compilations, Chorus captures the artist in a variety of different contexts, even including one old This Kind of Punishment track, "Reaching an End," which surfaced only on the Killing Capitalism with Kindness collection on Turbulence. The four songs from his double single with Robbie Muir are the clear winners: "Image of a Single Thought" matches his lovely piano/synth string arrangement with a low-key, nervous guitar pluck from Muir, while "Don't Call Me, I'll Call You" builds into a gentle surge, Jefferies' drumming being as notable here as his keyboards. "Swerve," meanwhile, has a flat-out lovely piano/vocal break after a similarly subtle but sharp guitar-accompanied start, and "A Chorus of Interludes" continues the beautiful flow with acoustic and electric guitar, more wonderful piano, and just a little bit of musical drama for effect. The original versions of "Crossover" and "Wined Up," done first as a collaboration with Stephen Kilroy before being re-recorded for Electricity, surface here; the former's electric aggression contrasts well with the acoustic album take, though "Wined Up" isn't too far removed from the more familiar version, with slightly more echoed vocals. The tunes done with Shayne Carter are brief toss-offs that have the hollowest production of the bunch; if the intent was to create something completely opposite to Carter's more well-known if somewhat overproduced work in the Straitjacket Fits at the time, then it was a success, but otherwise, aside from the Celtic-reel-gone-electric intro of "Spark off a Wire," the two numbers are mostly forgettable. A quick solo instrumental and a live noise piece with Carter and Kathy Bull fill out this uneven but still rewarding disc.

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