Elf Power

Come On

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This limited-release EP, initially only available on tour and packaged to look like the Who's Live at Leeds sleeve, makes for an entertaining treat from the group. Having proved they knew their way around others' songs, courtesy of When the Red King Comes' brilliant rip through Brian Eno's "Needles in the Camel's Eye," Elf Power proceeded to cover a slew of other folks here. The choice of bands to cover in itself reads like a great '80s college radio play list: in order, the Jesus and Mary Chain, T. Rex, Sonic Youth, Billy Childish, the Flaming Lips, and Robyn Hitchcock, not to mention a concluding original from the band. As with the Eno cover, there aren't any great revelations in terms of tempo changes or the like, but what of it? The atmosphere is casual, a touch ragged but perfectly right, whether it's the exploding guitars all over the Chain's "Upside Down" or the acoustic guitar/sitar nuttiness of Sonic Youth's "Cotton Crown." T. Rex's "Hot Love" swings in just that right glam rock way, and Hitchcock's "Listening to the Higson's" retains all the quirk with more of the fuzz. As for the original, "Separating Fault," it uses a quick James Brown loop to set it on its merrily riffing way.

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