This here blurb writer thought that this band had broken up. He’s very happy to have been proved wrong. Anyone who has ever seen Glaswegian sextet Golden Teacher live can attest to their brilliance. Featuring members of Silk Cut and Ultimate Thrush, the group’s hyper-rhythmic acid tests are true dance music in the way they sweep you up in these great rushes of feeling. This, their seventh record but first LP, was recorded at old haunt the Green Door Studio.
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Glasgow’s beloved Golden Teacher released an anthology of EPs back in the day (like, recently back in the day), serving up stellar dictionary definitions of ‘playful’ with dance music convened in full-band freakouts and schemed around proper genres. Sometimes groups just forget that the whole making-an-album thing is an option, and it’s only now they’re making one, with ‘No Luscious Life’ offering a full LP of their groovy, squelchy, ever-fidgeting murmurations.
Elements of disco, electro and dub are on display; so is cowbell. The bassline on opener “Sauchiehall Withdrawal” snarls out acid but is coupled with tinkering and whistling electronics that brighten every possible corner. They offer synth-pop that both sleuthes and bounces off the walls with “Spiritron”, where winking and pontificating vocals offer a kind of inspirational seminar in dance. The squelchy, echoing dub of “Shatter” once again offers a version of the band that can be trance-like and zoned out while also offering a song proper in the fore, the tune climaxing in a series of random noise bursts and whimsical sound effects before going back to its skeleton again.
So inventive are the jams that it barely feels like Golden Teacher have made an album at all -- succumbing to a rigid structure isn’t in their bones, but hearing them try on different sounds in full is an absolute treat. If anyone else were reviewing this they’d want you to know that “What Fresh Hell Is This?” sounds suspiciously like a Can tune, and sure, why not. Pick this up.
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