Alec Bathgate: The Indifferent Velvet Void
By Tony Parker
Alec Bathgate's musical lineage stretches back almost 30 years to The Enemy and includes integral membership of Toy Love and Tall Dwarfs as well as a developing solo career. This new solo effort is a distillation of all that has preceded it and includes all the trademarks of an Alec Bathgate album. Lo-fi, as you would expect, even though it was recorded in digital fashion. The fuzzed out guitars, Casiotone rhythms, cleverly crafted pop melodies and cheesy keyboards all find space on an album that moves from T Rex style glam stomp to psychedelic pop masterpieces and lilting ballads. Lyrically Bathgate's songs tend towards introspection yet still retain a sense of the absurd, something reflected perhaps in the album's title. All of which makes 'The Indifferent Velvet Void' a bit of a lo-fi Kiwi classic. Out on Lil' Chief Records.