Pitchfork Review | The Real Tuesday Weld | The Return of The Clerkenwell Kid
The Real Tuesday Weld: The Return of The Clerkenwell Kid
by Marc Hogan
“Return revisits a baker's dozen of tracks from the Weld's 2001 debut, Where Psyche Meets Cupid, albeit with fresh recordings and a smattering of, ahem, real new material. Also recurring is Coates' self-described "antique beat" style, which in itself mingles the long-ago with the recent: Twenties and '30s music-hall and Tin Pan Alley (via "When I'm Sixty-Four", Village Green-preserving Kinks, or tourmate/fan Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields) with copious sampling and light, pastoral electronics of the Saint Etienne school.
Scratchy victrola-like sound effects and sly clarinet-playing enliven resurrected tracks like banjo-picker "Am I in Love?" as well as the newbies, including instrumental opener "Waking Up" and melodramatic ballad "Little White Birds". Pun-picking "Daisies" adds a bossa nova rhythm.”