'Sevens' is a handy round-up of Mark Tranmer's early singles and compilation appearances under the guise of Gnac. So this is an ideal introduction to Tranmer's quintessentially British sound which evokes bored Sunday afternoons whilst marooned in an early 60's kitchen sink melodrama.
If that isn't enough to draw casual listeners in, Gnac's music at its best is an emotive soundtrack to a somewhat innocent brand of melancholia; one cannot help listening to the likes of 'The Broken Fall', 'Repetition' or 'Heliotrope' without staring forlornly into the middle distance. The world of period detective dramas is brought to life via 'The Moustache' whilst 'The Man With The Laugh Like A Rusty Hinge' resembles Ceefax music from the early 1980s. Meanwhile, those familiar with Tranmer's work as one half of The Montgolfier Brothers will instantly recognise 'Another Fine Mess' as a wordless version of the duo's 'Even If My Mind Can't Tell You'. Paradoxically, boredom seldom sounded quite as interesting as this.