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Review: 'Butterfly Chid'

-  Label: 'Dell’orso'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '12th January 2018'

Our Rating:
Originally released by Rough Trade in 1993, Butterfly Child’s ‘Onomatopoeia’ was acclaimed in the weekly inkies as an album that moved forward from the established tropes of shoegaze to forge something that was a different kind of dreamy pop.

Fast forward a quarter of a century and it’s being re-released in remastered form and hailed as something of a lost classic. Is it?

There’s undeniable charm to its lo-fi recording values and less than polished production, and there’s a quirky edge to the songs that’s appealing but equally likely to annoy some with its soft-focus whimsicality.

‘Our Lady Mississip’ has that 60s US folk vibe, or, perhaps even the 80s indie lifts 60s folk vibe. But it doesn’t feel especially contrived, and has a pleasant airiness that’s rather nice. The album is littered with markers of its time: ‘x-celsious’ brings rumbling, echoing ambience and flittering electronic twitters and tweets, while ‘Cancer Killed Capricorn’ places a Curesque, flangy bass over a shuffling, most baggy beat that’s pure 90s.

‘Onomatopoeia’ is a bit hippy, a bit trippy, and much of the love bestowed upon it now is likely to be filtered through a gauze of nostalgia. Approaching it with fresh ears, it’s only ok, rather than the dazzling jewel one may likely expect.
  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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Butterfly Chid - Onomatopoeia