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7 September 2020

The birds have returned

Flotation Toy Warning debut “Bluffer’s Guide to the Flight Deck” back in stock on vinyl.

Since its initial release in 2004, Bluffer’s Guide to the Flight Deck—the debut effort from Flotation Toy Warning—has become somewhat of a cult favorite among the avant-pop set; a genre-swapping classic comparable to Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin and the Avalanches’ Since I Left You. The UK band spin their longform suites tightly and delicately as spiderwebs, connecting exotica-inflected ambient to psychedelic rock, Britpop to plunderphonics, downtempo electronica to acoustic folk. These rotating accoutrements, and the dynamic articulations between them, set a surprisingly smooth pace for the marathon-length tracks (9-and-a-half minute highlight “Donald Pleasance,” the ethereal two-fer “Fire Engine On Fire”). Sure, the arrangements dawdle now and again—Flotation Toy Warning are content to spend most of “Popstar Reaching Oblivion” basking in blurred synths—but they never durdle. My advice to prospective listeners: as with everything else in life, just go with it.Zoe Camp, Bandcamp.

A blissful dream.

2LP vinyls, gatefold, printed inner sleeve, comes with free download code.

Available from the Talitres webstore or Bandcamp.