It’s instantly apparent from the title that this not going to be an album of bland, MOR, insipid ballads that get menopausal old dears excited. Instead, New Zealand’s electro-harp-wielding troubadour Connan Mockasin leans favourably towards factoring together psychedelic-tinged abstract folk pop that has a rich natural eccentricity. Though this is a rebadged and slightly shortened version of his 2007 album ‘Please Turn Me Into The Snat’, with an extra disc of live tracks attached, it nevertheless serves as a good introduction to a newcomer looking for something that colourfully strides down routes other artists choose to plainly ignore. Like ‘… The Snate’, this album won’t help propel Connan Mockasin to mainstream success or even strengthen his hipster cache, but it will further establish him as an idiosyncratic eccentric.

By Nathan Westley

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011

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