Wevie Stonder

Eat Your Own Ears

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The EP starts with a nasally man asking, "Question: Do you like soul music?" and the answer is, "Yes, but maybe without quite so many electronic clown horns and whoopee cushions." Eat Your Own Ears is a conceptual comedy album by Manchester's Wevie Stonder and it's actually not as terrifying as most big-N Novelty records may lead you to believe. That said, its penchant to smirk in your general direction nevertheless has its limits. "Pepsy" inserts farce in the jazz freak-out and "Questionable" sounds like Pee-Wee Herman playing in Arkestra. They're deliberately offensive, by all means, but also good. On the other hand, by the time the atonal nonsense of "Dutch Barge Dog" butts in with its drunken campfire burbles, your patience is sucked dry. This is Skam's bedroom techno equivalent to big beat's cartoon wig-wearing phase all tarted up for the intelligentsia, and it takes a concentrated effort not to ignore it completely. Half inventive panache, half claptrap. It probably should've been a three-track single, and it probably should've remembered to put some comedic soul into itself.

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