Simon Comber : The Right To Talk To Strangers EP
By Shaun Chait
This five track EP from Auckland-based songwriter Simon Comber follows two albums ‘Pre-Pill Love’ and ‘Endearance’. Engineered and co-produced by Tom Healy (Die!Die!Die!), it was mastered by Dale Cotton. I’m a bit mystified – perturbed even – by the ghostly skeleton cover artwork which doesn’t relate too closely to the music held within (to my senses anyway). This is especially true with Young And In Love – a bright and breezy little ditty. In a saturated music market, you have to make every marketing post a winner if you want to reach the type of listener that will enjoy your output, and cover artwork plays a big part. Included in the five tracks here is a cover of fellow Aucklander G Frenzy’s Tonight The Kids Sleep In The Car. But the highlight for me is Twin Insomniacs – a quiet man and guitar muse that gives way to an e-bow fuelled attack on the senses.