Cymbals just keep going from strength to strength. Like ‘Like An Animal’ before it, ‘The Natural World’ suggests a band treading cleaner lines and a more direct approach to songwriting. Where their last full-length release Sideways, Sometimes was heavy on the yelping indie-art rock, ‘The Natural World’ is helped on its merry dancefloor way by production from Dreamtrak which turns the yelp of yore into a more accessible Talking-Heads style indie-disco anthem and a strong bubbling undercurrent of synths furnish the track with a neon sheen.
They played the Nialler9 gig at Camden Crawl London last year and were mega live so I’m looking forward to seeing them again in The Workman’s Club, Dublin on February 28th and Roisin Dubh, Galway on March 1st. Tickets are just €8.
It’s only been a matter of months since Cymbals last graced us with the high-quality Sideways, Sometimes EP. ‘Like An Animal’ is a new track but not one that shares the penchant for a lot of bands these days to throw up unfinished demos on Soundcloud. No sirs and madams, ‘Like An Animal’ is a beast of many forms, a fully-thought out headswirl of a track that runs an epic nine minutes in length but doesn’t ever plod along without intention.
It’s also a contrast to the EP’s sound which was more rooted in yelping indie art-rock. Teaming up with producer Dreamtrak on this song, Cymbals move from a swaying-hips rhythm into a funky ambient disco before taking it further into dancefloor spaciousness.
Sometimes you just need a full body of work to digest rather than scraps of blog-friendly tracks released bit by bit. CYMBALS new eight-track EP/LP Sideways, Sometimes was released on Record Store Day in limited vinyl format and the nice people at Tough Love have posted the release on Soundcloud for those of us who were not savvy enough to pick up a copy on the day.
Taken all together Sideways, Sometimes reveals the Oxford band to be of substance. Recorded over a five-day period on a boat on the Thames with James Yuill, it would be a great opening line if it wasn’t their second big release after last year’s debut album Unlearn. The band have some oft-cited reference points like Pavement and Talking Heads and I can hear the the playful whimsy of the former and the studious yelping and repetition of the latter (well, Cymbals are from Oxford…). More words and the stream…→
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