Experimental Music Love

June 10, 2009

Future of the Left – Travels With Myself and Another

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 5:42 pm

Future of the Left – Travels With Myself and Another

The second album from the masters of punk with wit, hooks and rhythm is another stripped, simple, impassioned affair that clocks in at just over half an hour, keeping to a well-expressed point, with no chance for reflection along the way. God, more bands should be like this.

Travels With Myself and Another is an album that knows Newton. All notions of resistance and friction forgotten, as each joule of potential energy stored in Jack Egglestone, Andy Falkous and Kelson Mathias becomes so powerfully kinetic, with these three guys having the dynamism of Hoover Dam.

‘Arming Eritrea’ may bring to mind Biffy Clyro early on, but Future of the Left thankfully lack the pretention that mars the viscera of Kilmarnock’s most famous exports. And Falkous’ vocals could never be mistaken for anyone else, all enraptured in cynicism, pessimism and spite, yet so excited for it all. It’s as if Scrappy Doo smoked 40 a day, and was taught the ways of the world by Charles Manson rather than Scooby. Which I think is what we all wanted to happen really.

Few bands mix humour, anger and brilliant music so well, and all in 30 minutes. In a perfect world -the future for British music.

8.6/10

Release Date: 22 Jun

SINGLE REVIEW Gossip – Heavy Cross (Columbia Records)

Seemingly already destined to be remembered as that band who had that song that was on an advert for that show where everyone has that sort of fun you imagine everyone else at school was having when you were alone, in your room, obsessing over The Smiths and indulging in Wilde, Gossip return, now lacking a ‘the’ but retaining a temper that teases at action, passion and purpose. This is no ‘Standing in the Way of Control’ though, which, like the pizza guy calling round frontwoman Beth Ditto’s house, delivered on its tease with a satisfied customer.  ‘Heavy Cross’ never matches up, yet is far too similar to be taken as a risky breakaway.  It’s the same tempered ploy, but favours control over chaos.  Not one for the playlist of the cool kid’s parties. TM

Release Date: 15 Jun

SINGLE REVIEW Gossip – Heavy Cross (Columbia Records)

Seemingly already destined to be remembered as that band who had that song that was on an advert for that show where everyone has that sort of fun you imagine everyone else at school was having when you were alone, in your room, obsessing over The Smiths and indulging in Wilde, Gossip return, now lacking a ‘the’ but retaining a temper that teases at action, passion and purpose. This is no ‘Standing in the Way of Control’ though, which, like the pizza guy calling round frontwoman Beth Ditto’s house, delivered on its tease with a satisfied customer. ‘Heavy Cross’ never matches up, yet is far too similar to be taken as a risky breakaway. It’s the same tempered ploy, but favours control over chaos. Not one for the playlist of the cool kid’s parties. TM

Release Date: 15 Jun

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