Inspector Tapehead – Pherenzik Tear (2010)
You feel you could happily wait a lifetime for the close-knit vocals to sidle into this ace, slow-burning meditation on broken love in the frozen food aisle. The build-up is so gradual, so casually rocking, and Inspector Tapehead render its laid-back, choral climax so very worthwhile.
Inspector Tapehead formed in Glasgow in late 2007 – they are Chris Croasdale (guitar / vocals), Jonnie Common (gadgets / vocals) and Roy Shearer (drums / percussion) – and they’re signed to Edinburgh’s excellent Song By Toad imprint. Their acoustic excursions and electronic trinketry are all over the place but uniformly sublime – their debut album, Duress Code, is full of such delights – but Pherenzik Tear is a highlight: an unhurried adventure; an exercise in patience; evidence that, despite its cliched resonance, the best things come to those who wait.
Here’s a wee label profile on Song, By Toad Records, from The List Magazine.