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Tibi Lubin
I Don't See You As A Dead Girl

Harking back to those cheery Cherry Red days before Tracey Thorn met Ben Watt, and openly taking her cues from the Zen-like guitar/bass/drum-machine mantras of Young Marble Giants, Glasgow lass Katie Stewart — the sole force behind Tibi Lubin, her one-man band that has gone on to blossom into a belovedly lovely girl-group trio — stages a stagey séance that ditches mordant shadows of modern gothickry to frolic in the garden-sunshine of that post-punk kitchen-sink pop sound.

Whilst she doesn't quite get the sing-song spirit in high enough spirits to really recall Marine Girls, what Stewart shares with those combos is a desire to reduce pop-song to its basic elements, to use the tearing-down rebellion of punk-rock as artistic impetus to play simple songs unfettered by flounce and flourish. I Don't See You as a Dead Girl, Stewart's debut disc as Tibi Lubin, finds her working with a pretty simple musical palette, with, basically, the pre-set rhythms of a Korg thunking away whilst she picks nimble guitar-jangle over the top, and sings in a voice whose breathy, half-spoken exhalations are more than a little reminiscent of Alison Statton's work out front of Young Marble Giants. She does get some help on the set, with Simon Shaw playing the basslines that often serve as a tonal anchor, and Jenny Reeve's violin crying winsome tears in the very-minimal "Oh Botticelli," then later layered in multi-track'd string-section-ish shades over the closer "Clay to Fire." But, for the most part, it's Stewart fashioning the sound herself, her lyrics often referring back to long stretches spent inside one's own head. Like on that last number, where the simple chorus of duties — "I have a form to fill out/ I have a novel to write/ I have some clay to fire" — speaks of the day-to-day days of artists.

Which seems like great evidence that Stewart's heart dwells far away from rock 'n' roll romanticism. She's spoken of psychedelicate girl-group Slumber Party as being an inspiration for Tibi Lubin, but, where that Motor City crew evoke the whole VU mythology every time they dangle those delay-draped guitar lines out into the narcotized night, in her own reduced world of simple, slumberous pop-song, Stewart uses no sound that can stir up associations with the collective rock-mythology. Hers is hand-made, home-made, home-fired music made for rainy days and Mondays.

by Anthony Carew

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