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In All Respects

In all respects – Garden Variety

In a song that moves from perfect part to perfect part, my favourite is the one after the “It’s all that cracks around me” line, where the drums seem to come in a beat too late. But that’s to pick out one thing above all others, to tilt attention to it, and to lose the effect of it washing over and taking you where it does. This is the first song on the alum. An album i believe too few people have heard.

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In All Respects

In all respects – Garden Variety

Garden Variety are a band who aren’t remembered as readily, held with the regard, and leagued with those immediately prescribed bands for anyone with a case of the mid 90’s as they should be. Another band who aren’t. I could compose a very long list of such bands, but this morning it’s Garden Variety in my head so it’s Garden Variety as my crusade.

I have never been recommended them. If not for downloading things haphazardly then deciding one night to actually listen to those things i download, playing this album and realising it is as wonderful as it is, i would really have no idea, and would have not spent the last year listening to this and wondering where all the deserved esteem for it is. This song opens Knocking the Skill Level, and starts something so much worthy of a crusade for its attention. Look and you’ll find Garden Variety, and find what i think is a great band, but you will have to look. Despite the veneration of many who “were there”, being the odd band out in Norman Brannon’s Anti-Matter interview anthology book (but still being included, them of all bands), and being no small band in their time and of their sphere, they remain lost, shrouded at a depth seldom dug – something i find unfortunate.

decasia

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