Vinyl Corner is a feature where we take a look at vinyl pressings of various albums and weigh them up to see just how good they sound, how well they’re pressed and what sort of packaging to expect, as well as giving a brief overview of the music itself. Today, we’re appraising David Nance’s hectic garage psych-out, ‘More Than Enough’.
Although we recently sung the praises of David Nance’s excellent 2017 album ‘Negative Boogie’ (reviewed here), last year’s ‘More Than Enough’ is far too good to remain undiscussed and, although not his debut album proper (leave that to various CDr, cassette and small-run vinyl releases), it does mark the first widely distributed record from Nance. Gritty and raw as an untreated wound, ‘More Than Enough’ is an album of shuddering acid-garage freakouts and ominous psych-punk buildups. Like its more recent follow-up, ‘More Than Enough’ is a record that defies easy definition, but sonically there’s a more consistent hallmark throughout than the often dizzyingly eclectic eccentricities of ‘Negative Boogie’. Recording is lo-fi – often to the point where it sounds as though a tape deck was simply place in the vicinity of the rehearsal space – but this is to the benefit of the album’s unique atmosphere rather than the detriment of its songs. Crafted with an admirably freeform spirit, ‘More Than Enough’ is an intriguing slice of outsider rock and well worth investigation, even if its (somewhat) more polished follow-up makes for a better entry point.
The pressing here is very nice, with rock solid playback that allows for the album to really be enjoyed. Initial visual inspection yielded some visual blemishes on our copy, and there were a few stray scraps of paper that had to be brushed off prior to first play. However, the record’s minor visual flaws don’t affect playback whatsoever and, indeed, sound quality is actually great on our copy with a low noise floor and no errant crackles or pops. Although the album has only a modest weight behind it, it certainly isn’t an insubstantial slab of wax and our copy sits perfectly flat on the platter during playback. By nature of the album’s lo-fi sonics, the album isn’t exactly an audiophile’s dream but there’s no denying that the sound quality on the vinyl version of the album is appealing – with a pleasingly weighty depth that gives the album’s heavier cuts (such as the excellent ‘Pure Evil’) a fittingly chunky, punchy sound that really jumps out of the speakers. We found that the album’s high end did have a small touch of harshness at times, so for optimal sonics we listened to it with the treble set at a little below standard, which neutralised any issues and gave the album a nice balanced soundscape. Overall, this is a quality pressing with a great soundscape.
Presentation here is attractively succinct. The sleeve itself is a relatively humble non-gatefold design on typical midweight card – but it is solidly constructed and the art direction fits the DIY aesthetic of the music effortlessly. The font used throughout is stylish and bold, with the featured images on the sleeve echoing the often fractured snatches of time and place found on the album itself. The art direction has an unpretentious clarity to it that fits the musical moods well and generally gives the record a fitting presentation. The visual direction is topped off with clean labels that clearly indicate which side is which, whilst still managing to look great. The included inner sleeve isn’t the best quality (so replacement is advisable) but the general package easily meets expectations given the release’s very reasonable retail ($16 from the Ba Da Bing! Records webstore); and when considering that a bandcamp download code is included with the album being redeemable in practically any format you like (including plenty of lossless options), it’s hard not to feel as though the release is something of a bargain.
David Nance has produced some of the most intriguing experimental songwriter material of the last few years and the Ba Da Bing! vinyl release of ‘More Than Enough’ is a really admirable release. Despite its low price, playback is really nice quality and presentation is highly attractive.