2P Soldiers ‘A White Painted Piano’ (Bandcamp)

This off-beam project, the fourth album from Stratford-upon-Avon-based David Paul Phillips, who calls himself after the discounted servicemen in his favourite childhood toyshop – playfully throws together Erik Satie pianos, clockwork rhythms and vintage Moogs. Opener ‘Reason’ is straight from a 1970s ‘Play School’ album, missing only a jaunty Derek Griffiths vocal, whereas ‘Hurtz!’ and the wistful title track – an homage to his late parents – are infused with elegiac melancholy. Elsewhere, there’s a banging version of JS Bach’s ‘Prelude And Fugue No 1 In Major, BWV 846’. An utterly eccentric delight. 

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