Sunday 25 February 2018

Brown finds his fortune

John Meagher

John Meagher

milk maid

Mostly No

(Fatcat Records)


Madchester has been very much in vogue in recent weeks, with The Stone Roses playing a first Irish date in years last night.

Milk Maid -- a comparatively new project from Martin Cohen, formerly of English indie also-rans Nine Black Alps -- is in thrall to that mythologised period of British music.

Over the course of a lean 35 minutes, Cohen and his floating cast of bandmates deliver a cocksure homage to The Roses and, in the waves of lo-fi, distorted guitars, to Glasgow's finest, The Jesus and Mary Chain.

The palpable lack of originality may be evident from the off, but when Cohen delivers such glowing fare as the hook-laden Summertime -- an alternative summer anthem, if ever there was one -- and the slow-burning, largely acoustic Stir So Slow, his retro obsessions can be forgiven.

KEY TRACKS Summertime; Stir So Slow

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