Puddle: No Love- No Hate
By Tony Parker
Puddle have been around in some form or another since 1984 with the centre of the band being the shambling pop genius that is George Henderson. ĎNo Love-No Hateí is the most recent offering from Puddle and was recorded in Hendersonís brotherís home studio in Dunedin with him playing everything except drums. Itís obvious that these songs were ideas Henderson wanted to put down quickly and consequently the album has a home demo feel to it, but therein lies its charm. Itís a record chock full of lo-fi indie pop with interesting chord changes, quirky melodies and self effacing and tender lyrics that cut straight to the chase. Throughout the guitars alternate between fuzzed out splendour and sweet jangle. Combined with Hendersonís drone-like vocal that is often way back in the mix the sound is classic Flying Nun, making it somewhat unique in this day and age of radio polished product.