In all the time I've spent chronicling the musical adventures of Slideshow Freak in my Dandelion Radio show, he's never lost the power to surprise me. So it's no surprise that I'm surprised by Religiously Inept, the great unreleased, 'lost' album that I'm very pleased to be bringing to the world's attention for the first time.
It's the first in a series of Slideshow Freak albums from Unwashed Territories and was made some years ago. Consequently you hear raw and unpolished elements that will be familiar to those who, like me, enjoy his officially released albums. This release also features the guitar stylings of Joe Wood, adding an undiscovered and often unfamiliar dimension to the Slideshow Freak sound.
Overall, though, you get Slideshow Freak doing what Slideshow Freak does best: viewing the world through a broken and distorted perspective, like the cracked bottom of a jam jar doubling as a wasp trap. There's a fractured, blemished element to what on the surface appears a fairly traditional and well-crafted veneer. He shakes up the world in a way that so many musicians have either forgotten about or just never knew how to. This release is a fascinating journey into where some of this came from, with many welcome surprises on the way.
Get your copy for the obscenely low price of £2.99 at http://unwashedterritories.bandcamp.com/releases.