Competition makes a blue return to Slip with ‘Repetititive Music’: a sawn-off songbook of doting vocals and incisive, heart-ache instrumentals, carried with a soft swagger. Poised between insistence and tenderness, ‘Repetititive Music’ is an assured, dreamy successor to 2018’s ‘You turned into a painting’. As ever, there is Competition’s rare care and delight in the unadorned material of modern song. Chopped strings,
keys, machines and speech are screwed with classical grace. A voice pines and frays as it circles. Beyond the cut and the
loop something yearns and lingers.
Craig Pollard (aka Competition) is a quietly pivotal figure in Newcastle’s musical underground, curating events as one half of the Wild Pop collective and operating across the city’s artist-led communities. A collection of Craig’s writing - ‘Inside A Gleaming Feeling’ - is forthcoming on Glasgow press The Grass is Green in the Fields For You.
Artwork by Competition. Mastered by Phil Begg.
Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC
03 oh know
05 really really
07 misery space
09 material *
* guest vocals - Dawn Bothwell