What does it sound like?:
The first pandemic concept album is here. Wait! It’s not like that at all. Half of Orbital and marmite poet/writer etc Murray Lachlan-Young (yes he!) have combined for an unclassifiable and very enjoyable album exploring lockdown life.
If I tell you that sample song titles are Baking and Jogging, Garden Centre (Push The Trolley) and Home Hairdresser then you can be rest assured that this is not a searing indictment in protest song form of Matt Hancock, but a quirky and humourous look at things that life revolved around in 2020 that we’d never thought of before COVID. He’s excellent on the ‘inner voice’ we all perhaps spent way too much time with, driving us from sourdough to meditation to cope with lockdown.
Behind Young’s words (spoken and semi-sung) Hartnoll fashions a low-key set of electronic beats that bring to mind Yello as much as Orbital. Almost as if he wanted to keep the music light too. It all feels quite rushed in a good way, to get something out while it’s fresh rather than spend months sculpting the perfect sound.
I’m not sure who needs to buy this, but it’s flown fabulously low under the radar and I can recommend you spend an hour in its company on Spotify.
What does it all *mean*?
It’s too soon for that cover of ‘How does it feel to be the mother of a thousand dead’ perhaps, and in its absence only the entitled nutters V** and E**C have put their thoughts down.
Here’s a much more enjoyable effort, if journalism is the first draft of history then this is a pretty fair effort at the first COVID album.
Goes well with…
Listening (I listened in the bath), gently smiling at the foibles and absurdities nailed.
27 May 2021
Might suit people who like…
Orbital and electronic, but those who listen to the lyrics (not everyone does I know).