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Joe Sampson's Solo Album Asks 'When Did Things Become So So-So?'

Joe Sampson's Solo Album Asks 'When Did Things Become So So-So?'

A.K. / Monday 8th June, 2020 10:13AM

Don't be thrown off by the dark downbeat track titles, When Did Things Become So So-So? packs a pop-synth punch, existing somewhere between '80s electronic sounds and the scary level in your favourite PS1 game. The album came to be within a locked-down Canterbury, where Joe Sampson (Salad Boys, T54, The Dance Asthmatics) sat down with his microKORG and dreamed up ten buzzy instrumental tracks to be released on homemade cassettes, featuring the cover artwork of James Harding (The Transistors). When Did Things Become So So​-​So? satisfies Stereolab cravings on 'There's Happiness Outside These Walls', with a dollop of Lemon Jelly quirk on 'It’s Remarkable How Steeply Things Dropped Off' and 'You've Lost Me (Years Ago)', and don't worry – Sampson has confirmed that the song titles are in jest and not a cry for help...

Joe Sampson's 'When Did Things Become So So​-​So?' is out now digitally and on cassette.


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