Chime, rhythm and melody, perhaps the three most beautiful words in the English language; and 'It's Not You, It's Me' has all three by the bucketload. The opening sturdy tempo, underlying David Gedges scene setting narration soon gives way to the traditional blitzkrieg of scuzzball guitars over the chorus, before settling back down to the story. It's like a tempestuous moment mid-argument where you temporarily lose control. That split second of madness when your real feelings emerge, only to be suppressed as you wipe away the tears and grasp hold of the reins again. Abandon is thrown to the wind, only to be reeled back in in time for the next verse. It all works so well.
The lyrics are typical Gedge, the story one of another end of another relationship, where she uses the ultimate self-effacing put down 'It's not you, it's me..' yet still manages to seduce him on the doorstep for that one last pitiful roll in the hay.
Musically the track could easily be a companion to Cinerama's last studio offering 'Torino' - only a hint of keyboards and a more Wedding Presenty sound than their earlier work. However, the delicate chiming outro, as the fling finally implodes in on itself is simply magical. Simple, delicate arpeggios shimmer from your speakers leaving you in a state of awe. How do they make something so desperate sound so exciting?
Flip the vinyl to find 'Erinner Dich', the bands take on a German disco anthem originally by Klee, and in the mould of 'Reasonable', 'Superman' and 'Hard, Fast and Beautiful' the singer proves his linguistic versatility by tackling the song in it's native tongue.
This is a pulsating, throbbing disco pop track, but without the synthesisers and drum machines that it would certainly have had in 1982. It's a thrilling salvo of guitar driven fun, it's a sound that could have embodied the likes of Ultravox and the Thompson Twins had they had an ounce of integrity between them.
Now, down to the fine print. This single is released as a limited edition of just 1,500 copies, all on cream coloured vinyl in a screen printed sleeve - and that in itself makes it a truly exquisite item. The warm tones of vinyl, and faint crackle of the needle when I drop it into the groove transport me back to my teenage years, and what a journey it is.
The good people at Go Metric! Records have obviously put a lot of love into this project, and it shows. I know people don't go in for vinyl as much as they used to, but if you only buy one slab of plastic this year then make it this one.