The consensus on this 7″ on the latest offering from Perpignan, France’s Sonic Chicken 4 is that, while an ejoyable listen, it just doesn’t live up to their debut LP that came out on In The Red last year. That is mostly right, though I think Midnight Girl holds up with some of their best songs – garage pop done right – rambling down the street before briefly wandering down a sketchy back alley, before getting on the right track again. “Toe Man” is pleasant enough, though doesn’t take on much of a risk. “Pleasant enough” is hardly a great endorsement, but if you like Sonic Chicken 4, or better-than-average garage, this is a worthwhile addition to your collection.
Forget all of that, you want this record for its sleeve, one of my favourites of the year. Sure, you collect records for the music, for the vinyl experience, etc. etc. But if you are anything like me, you buy records that have awesome sleeves. Anybody know the artist?