Though their songs teem with insidious melodic barbs and their frames of reference — Beefheart, Velvets, T. Rex — constitute hipster staples, the Nectarine No.9 barely register even on the level of cult obscurity. This 14-track compilation spanning 1993-98 and the Edinburgh-based collective's first three albums deepens the mystery: these multi-layered vignettes of low-life ambiguity are parallel universe pop hits. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Davey Henderson's the emotional fulcrum, whether playing the dark-eyed crooner ("Walter Tevis," "The Port of Mars") or talking his patented corncrake jive ("She's a Nicer Word to Sing"). Amid the brute simplicity of the locked-groove interplay, there's much wounded romantic intrigue — “I have always loved the faults in yr design/There must have been a time when you fell for mine,” implores Henderson. How ironic that his first band, post-punk conceptualists the Fire Engines, garners posthumous legend while this far more commercial prospect remains off the radar.
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