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GRANDADDY LAST PLACE


Lizz


Te first album from the much missed Grandaddy since 2006. It appears Jason Lytle is still able to hit my sweet spot. Te first four tracks roll along pleasantly enough, but then we hit the really good stuff, the custardy middle layer of this album. Te Boat Is In Te Barn is a Mercury Rev-esque stomp ‘n’ swoon with a beautiful middle section. Chek Injin is a stuttering, pulsing piece, and Tis Is Te Part is an utter heartbreaker...”where there was love, now there’s some other stuff, where there is peace, you know I will not be”. Tere’s a nod to their magnificent previous album Te Sophtware Slump with the glitchy, hallucinogenic Jed Te 4th. Penultimate number A Lost Machine starts off so tenderly with a swathe of Carpenters-style melancholic piano and the lyrics “Surveillance audio recorder in a dried up creek...”. Tis is meta Grandaddy in one six minute track, along with train sounds and gruff guitars about a post-apocalyptic situation in a canyon, petering out into white noise. Just beautiful. A sombre, thoughtful, mature offering from a band who know what they’re doing and haven’t given up quite yet.


KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD FLYING MICROTONAL BANANA


Nick


KingG&tLW hail from Geelong in Australia, but sound like Berlin 1972 channelling San Francisco 1968 through a love of psychedelia. After creating an album shrugging off all comers in Nonagon Infinity, gifted a microtonal guitar by a friend, they harnessed its individual sound, adding Turkish horns and harmonica. Rattlesnake directs Hawkwind’s destructive, transformative energy onto a plateau of sheer abandon. Groovy Melting has deeply seductive and international class. Straight ahead 80’s rock Open Water explodes with insane horn and “that” microtonal snake charming action. Sleep Drifter employs a harmonica, chillaxing a bewitching groove; Midnight Cowboy reimagined by Can. Clearly, none of this is new - verve and commitment to delivering an opulent, full on wig-out elevates them. FMB can seem dated, like an undiscovered classic though, not derivative pastiche. Doom City’s horn/ harmonica suggests lunatic laughter during darker gaps, the frenetic piece disorientating, taunting with megastoned malevolence. Trademark vocal instrument melody infuses Nuclear Fusion, metronomic and hypnotic, I could’ve listened to it for hours. Te title track ends the album with primal shamanism, staking their claim on GOATs empire of World Psychedelia, without quite touching the cloth. Tis is 20% of their albums scheduled for 2017 release. KinGizLizWiz are ablaze at the moment, don’t hesitate to catch them live before they burn themselves out.


LAURA MARLING SEMPER FEMINA


Kelly


With a huge string of awards and positive recognition ranging from Mercury Music Prizes to Brit Awards, Laura Marling has been smashing it in the music biz. Her latest album Semper Femina most certainly lives up to the hype. Tis is a body of work rather than a collection of songs, although there were one or two tracks that stood out for me as being strong contenders for singles. Soothing does what it says on the tin as Marling’s hypnotic vocals resonate through deep and acoustic notes. Next Time also carried off a similar vibe as did Te Valley and the thought provoking Don’t Pass Me By. Tere is a distinct feeling of melancholy that runs throughout the album - love lost, misunderstandings, missed opportunities and wistfulness. Each track is incredibly heartfelt and brutally honest. However, it almost felt odd to describe the album as “hard hitting” due to the fact that musically it is so soft, sensual and calming to listen to. I have no doubt that this album will be immensely well received by Marling’s ever growing fan base as well as people like me who had only heard snippets up until now. I for one will definitely adding this modern folk masterpiece to my collection.


28 / MARCH 2017 / OUTLINEONLINE.CO.UK


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