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The Green Martin Machine is the side project of Martin Green, the accordionist from the traditional three-piece Scottish folk band Lau. First Sighting has some folk elements, but it also contains so many other elements that it’s difficult to ascribe a genre. Most of the songs have a slightly disjointed feel, like they wanted to capture the entire life of each song, from the cobbled together beginning until the finished product. It’s almost as if each song is an experiment until about halfway through. The correct genre might even be “experimental” or possibly even “avant-garde.”
“Repetition” starts the disc out with discordant, patched together sounds and odd (but interesting) vocals, but halfway through they find a groove (and then lose it and find it again). The next song, “23A,” begins with accordion and becomes more cinematic as it plays. A later song, “PSP,” is another experiment that works about as much as these two songs.
Not all the experiments are successful though. “Give Up The Body” returns to the strange type of vocalizations from the beginning of the album, but this time they are grating instead of interesting. The spoken work from the girl with the accent is nice on “Rory,” though the repetition proves to be too much and the repeated vocals on “Can't Use A Map” are off-putting. The album even ends with an ordinary spoken word piece.
“Quayle Paint,” “Horse” and “Shudder” are on the other side of the spectrum though…they all feature different female vocalists and, coincidentally, are the best tracks on the album. First Sighting is a hit-or-miss album, but even the worst songs have more creativity in them than most of the stuff that ends up on the radio these days.