I have to admit that when I put the Voluntary Butler Scheme CD in to play, I did think it was stuck, or the laser needed cleaning, for a few moments, until the vocal kicked in. It's a strange sound, other-worldly to begin with, and I felt slightly disorientated, even uneasy. The first time a vocal is heard, on the second track, it sounds like something from another time, which is probably the intention. It's a sort of 1960's idea of the future, like a David Bowie creation, or the soundtracks to popular films of decades gone by. It's hard to say what time you're in, or to place the sound in a genre or era.
The tracks are uplifting, with a self-reflexive wryness that invites the listener to share in a joke, and laugh along. There is clear skill in the technological crafting of the sound that comes out, and you feel that a lot of work and craftsmanship has gone into it. It's a polished, highly developed sound, which is full of happiness and positive, high-level energy.
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The Voluntary Butler Scheme is one man who is also known as Rob Jones the Dudley based bedroom pop architect, and on that note what a great job hey? Working not only from home but from his actual own bedroom; all he needs is a fridge full of ice cold lager... or maybe he already has that?
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Review of The Voluntary Butler Scheme's album At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea released through Split Records.
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