Well, first off, it helps to run your own label – being a “musician” doesn’t hurt either, so when it comes to releasing your own creations, who’s to stop you. Although Trunk’s label is primarily known for its fantastic soundtrack and kitsch reissues, he occasionally releases stuff by normal blokes like himself, as he does for the second time with this oddball collection of odds and sods recorded on old synths, an electric piano and his Apple G3. The kitchen sink approach works well (he even sequenced the album by sorting the (working) titles alphabetically!), but the tracks that have a little time to develop are the best. Opener, “Busy Busy” sounds like he’s spent a few too many hours devouring Carl Stallings’ Bugs Bunny soundtracks and “Crank Two” is an impossibly eccentric amalgamation of spy music, sci-fi bleeps and blurps that sound like excerpts from “The Conet Project,” and SETI signals tossed randomly towards UFOs hovering over London.
The variety of material and the high success rate at which he whips them off is amazing – he’s a one-man DeWolfe Music Library for the 21st century! “Fuddy Duddy” toodle-oos its way across the dancefloor, “How Sweet It Is” is a sticky porno groove a la Mantovani or Morricone, weirdly distorted vocal clips over a looping backing sums up “Hawks,” while “Heavy” is…, and “Hot Coals” plays a few Neil Young notes before tossing in some Hanna-Barbera cartoon sound fx. Hell, “Spag Bol” (say wha?) even has an honset to goodness jazzy twinkle in its eye! Add a Gregorian Chant by a Japanese choir (“SR”) and tracks about lesbians, wife swapping, hot coals, and “Glam” and your “bag” doesn’t get any more “mixed.”
Unbridled insanity for fans of Laurie Johnson’s Avengers scores, Bugs Bunny soundtracks, blaxploitation funk blasters, and The Residents – listened to all at once! Brilliant! 9/10 -- Jeff Penczak (4 November, 2009)