Delicate minialism in a less than traditional manner, the debut EP from Audenshaw outfit The Workhouse(I know it's wrong - me) is lo-fi bedroom whimsy incarnate. Probably what Dakota Oak woould sound liked had he been weaned on US underground punk as a child, 'Terry Feels Sick' is all skewed rythmns, Mark E Smith-esque hollering and utterly, utterly baffling. Far less formed but altogther more edearing is 'Peacon' it's quirky ambience and crystalline air of atmosphere enough to penetrate the most ardent cynic.
City Life September 2000
Here we get the Cocteau Twins, though woefully without the duclet vocals of Liz Fraser, but with their cascading euphoric guitars and mellow crescendos, this is full of contradictions. The A-side is a scinitillating song that you'll never want to fade into the groove. But although the B-side is actually a top notch effort, with it's strained vocals and reverb-laden guitar, it lacks the charm of the first track. Still, it's a worthwhile single.
Record Collector December 2000
As played by John Kennedy on XFM.