a bit of a chameleon really, mclaren has been the front man for two highly under-rated kiwi outfits – sludge-rockers loves ugly children and the unfortunately short-lived post-rock out the subliminals. he then released his first solo album, now under the ‘sleepers union’ moniker. another change in direction – sleepers union’s ‘giant spheres’ is an excercise in lush psychedelic pop, and must surely be one of 2003’s best albums.
picks in bold
- giant spheres [as sleepers union 2003 turbine turbine003]