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Plumes
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LP

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TEN 101LP TEN 101LP
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8/6/2013

Ginnels is a Dublin-based solo project by Grand Pocket Orchestra and No Monster Club guitarist/bassist Mark Chester, with live friends Paddy Hanna, Bobby Aherne, Roy Duffy, and Ruan Van Vliet. Chester describes his gorgeous music as "like your favourite Byrds and Feelies records being drowned out by your neighbor's stoned noise jams. Except, actually good." After releasing two acclaimed releases in 2011, the self-titled album Ginnels and the mini-album Mountbatten Class (Long Lost Records), in 2012 Chester decided to record a 20-song, hour-long, double album called Crowns, influenced by such sprawling records as Magnetic Fields'69 Love Songs, The Clash's Sandinista!, and Guided By Voices' Bee Thousand. It was released on double cassette by Long Lost and brought Ginnels much acclaim. Plumes compiles a selection of tracks from Ginnels' three records plus other online-only releases, and it's the first time these tracks are available on vinyl. They were all recorded and mixed entirely in Chester's living room, built up from layers of guitars, vocals, "cheap keyboards and other assorted detritus." The approach and sound recall the glorious jangle-pop legacy of the Flying Nun label, early Pavement, and Elephant 6 bands like The Apples In Stereo. Over the whole album, from fast-paced tracks such as "Heathwaite Wood" and "Great Fall," through to more minimal, reflective moments like "Friends Are Dead" and "Champs," Chester's knack for delivering really strong, memorable melodies never fails to shine and astonish.