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Alec Bathgate


As Chris Knox’s regular side-man, Alec Bathgate’s always kept a couple steps back in his fellow Enemy, Toy Love and Tall Dwarfs shadow, but in 1996 he released a lovely little Byrds-jangle-pop album with heavy Beatles and Beach Boy flourishes, aptly titled ‘Gold Lame‘.

More technically competent than Knox, and somewhat reserved (in comparison at least), Bathgate is a reflective, precarious song-writer of great talent. It seems he takes great care in crafting his releases, and it was another 8 years before he resurfaced with the superb ‘Indifferent Velvet Void’, an album chock full of pop-classics and weighty lyrics.

Then it was a further 16 years before his 3rd solo LP arrived – the eclectic instrumental release ‘Phantom Dots’, on German label Thokei Tapes.




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