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Onions debut LP is kicked off in frenetic fashion by the marvellous psychedelic clatter of “An IE or a Y” and it’s a pretty good indicator of what's to come. That’s not to say that the album is repetitive, just that almost every song takes you on a madcap journey through genre, time and key. Fans of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci at their playful best would be well served to check this record out. There are a few mis-steps to be found if you look hard though, “Word Of Mouth” has a guitar hook which sounds completely out of place, almost akin to Milburn or any one of those bands that came to prominence in the wake of the Libertines and Arctic Monkeys, as if it’s a leftover relic from that time period, from before Onions moved on and found their feet. These are moments where the ideas don’t quite come as thick and fast as they do elsewhere and “Silicon” starts of with a similarly clichéd riff but morphs into something far more interesting with its organ infused chorus and more of those unexpected sharp left turns. With sure fire pop brilliance like “Louise Louise”, “Stains” and “Gemsbok Savannah” sitting alongside, it makes for a thoroughly entertaining collection. There’s even a nice Pet Sounds inspired harmonic reprise to wrap things up. A delightful and surprising debut.

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