Back in the early '80s Shriekback dabbled in dance music that was for non-dancing folk; a mixture of funk, monotonous vocals and experimental music. 'Aberrations' is an obscure collection of pieces from an already obscure body of work but it's nonetheless fascinating. Setting the tone for this most warped of bands, 'Tiny Birds' is the opener, a re-working of their most well-known track but with added backwards vocals for good measure. Better still is the tight funk rhythms and excitable vocals of 'Nerves'. 'Speed Of Clocks' is a curious melange of eerie synths, drum machines and ghostly moaning and 'Considerable' cleverly employs a repeated guitar chord over the top of angsty vocals and drum loops. Additionally, the more minimalist arrangements of 'Plunging Into Homes' could have been an influence for the fledgling work of Piano Magic. As a generous bonus, 1998 album 'Naked Apes & Pond Life' is packaged with the CD. This album was typically varied and featured excursions into dark, ambient soundscapes and tribal rhythms. Proof enough that whilst Shriekback have been a difficult, almost unapproachable proposition at times, their constantly evolving music makes them true leftfield originals.