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Victoria Segal

Guided By Voices

Everywhere With Helicopter CD5
Matador UK

Taken from Guided By Voices' 978th album, this single is another amazingtestament to Bob Pollard's enduring songwriting gifts. Admittedly, it's difficult not to think of GBV's hyper-prolific mainman as a rock "character", like some old man memorising the phone book in the corner of your local pub, yet his ability to turn out endlessly brilliant songs called things like 'He Is Orc Food' and 'Truckstop Error Continuum' ensures "hero" comes first on his CV. 'Everywhere With Helicopter' is another mysterious GBV hieroglyph, an ectoplasmic smudge of a song sticky with Pollard's McCartneyesque keen and channelling psyche-pop attitude. American rock would be immeasurably poorer without Guided By Voices- if you haven't already tuned in, it's time to drop by.