The Puddle's fourth studio album in 25 years, The Shakespeare Monkey, proves over its 17 songs that, like last year’s triumphant No Love No Hate, it’s not merely a case of no one else making music like them; it’s more a case of no one else can make music quite like this.
Puddle songwriter George D Henderson has absorbed Nick Drake’s melancholy, The Stooges’ raw power, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band’s desolate psychedelia, The Verlaines’ literate noir and krautrock’s menacing hypnotism to create an epic of vulnerable splendour.
The Shakespeare Monkey is an album of poetry and paranoia, of shredded guitars and heavyhearted violins, of post-punk gloom and indiepop sparkle. Rough Trade are the sole UK stockists. Go forth.