On their second album, The Big Exercise, The Homesick reveal themselves as a great innovator within the post-punk genre. It is not an angry-on-the-world record, but one that playfully keeps the middle and gazes at the plains. Baroque elements like clarinet and keyboard deepen the sharp-edged tumbling parts: as if Brian Wilson, Can, Silver Apples and Stereolab were bivouacking on a veranda by the IJsselmeer. Sub Pop saw it and knew it; this band is in a class of its own. This is how The Homesick became the first Dutch band on the legendary indie label.