Freed Unit
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Field Reports From Out-There , 6/10
Things Are Looking Up , 6/10
Gigglegoo , 6/10
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Led by songwriting twins Kerry and Gary Gilchrist, Freed Unit is a trio from Leicester (England) that plays amateurish psychedelic-pop halfway between Stereolab and Oasis.

Field Reports From Out-There (Bedazzled, 1997) leverages on the quirky, retro sound of Moog and Farfisa keyboards and on space-rock guitars. But only There's A Light Always Shining and Your Sister Is A Junkie show the genius of Jessamine and Mercury Rev.

The singles Getting Used To Not Fitting In/ Same Street Different Planet (Sorted, 1997), The City (Sorted, 1997) and Widdershins/ Stormtroopers of Moog (Pickled Egg, 1998) clarified the melodic intent of the twins. The sound often borders on synth-pop, albeit with a whimsical twist. Things Are Looking Up (Enraptured, 1998) collects these singles and adds a few gems in different modes: Everything is Nothing is an epic freak-out, Rewriting History is a neurotic ditty in the vein of XTC, Left Behind is a gentle ballad that harks back to San Francisco's 1960s.

Masonic Youth (Out-There, 1998) and Chewingumouth (Rocket Racer, 1999) are the new singles.

Gigglegoo (Freed Unit, 2000) is a more baroque effort but does not significantly alter the formula. The Whistling Song, Linda's Washing Her Hair, Emmeline Angel, Run Down By An Ambulance, Over & Out!, Catch The Next Train Home, Corruption..., Maypole Syrup, Day-Glo Morning, The Charm Of Me, Did Piddy Help?, Message, The Magic Place In The Middle Of Your Face, More Greetings From Ratcliffe Culey

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Enrico Perino)

Guidati dai gemelli cantautori Kerry e Gary Gilchrist, i Freed Unit sono un trio di Leicester (Gran Bretagna) che suona un pop psichedelico amatoriale a met strada tra Stereolab e Oasis.

Field Reports From Out-There (Bedazzled, 1997) fa leva sul particolare suono retro di tastiere Moog e Farfisa e su chitarre space-rock. Ma solo There's A Light Always Shining e Your Sister Is A Junkie mostrano il genio di Jessamine e Mercury Rev.

I singoli Getting Used To Not Fitting In/ Same Street Different Planet (Sorted, 1997), The City (Sorted, 1997) e Widdershins/ Stormtroopers of Moog (Pickled Egg, 1998), rendono chiaro l'intento melodico dei due gemelli. Il sound spesso sconfina nel synth-pop, sebbene con bizzarre distorsioni. Things Are Looking Up (Enraptured, 1998) contiene questi singoli e aggiunge alcune gemme in differenti modi: Everything Is Nothing un epico freak-out, Rewriting History una canzoncina nevrotica sulla scia degli XTC, Left Behind una ballata dolce che riporta alla San Francisco degli anni '60.

Masonic Youth (Out-There, 1998) e Chewingumouth (Rocket Racer, 1999) sono i nuovi singoli.

Gigglegoo (Freed Unit, 2000) un lavoro pi barocco ma non altera sostanzialmente la formula. The Whistling Song, Linda's Washing Her Hair, Emmeline Angel, Run Down By An Ambulance, Over & Out!, Catch The Next Train Home, Corruption..., Maypole Syrup, Day-Glo Morning, The Charm Of Me, Did Piddy Help?, Message, The Magic Place In The Middle Of Your Face, More Greetings From Ratcliffe Culey

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