Husband and wife duo The Left Outsides get their 2015 LP The Shape Of Things To Come reissued by Cardinal Fuzz (The Cosmic Dead, The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol). The sounds here echo the earthy, stormy mid-90s output of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. This comparison works just as comfortably for ballads like ‘To Where Your Footsteps Led’ as it does for the booming ‘Ring Out The Bells’. Interludes like ‘Stargazer’ see the group dabble in pastoral ambience.
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Robin's review corner is so comfortable. There's a blazing fire, wires wandering everywhere and a load of psych records. I'm over here to take a listen to this latest release on Cardinal Fuzz which I'd normally pass to Robin on sight but I realised these two are out of bands I remember from my late 30s - Of Arrowe Hill and Saloon so thought I'd take a listen.
My God it's lovely. It's nothing like what you normally hear on Cardinal Fuzz but it's reverb drenched 60s influenced ballads that have a nip of Lee Hazlewood there, a pinch of the Wicker Man soundtrack there, a soupcon of Ennio Morricone over there. The vocals are mainly handled by Alison Cotton but Mark Nicholas pipes up as well. They don't particularly duet like a modern day Lee and Nancy but instead flit around each other as the tracks take shape. The press blurb I was reading was reasoning that they had a varied sound palette but at first they concentrate on different shades of eerie balladry albeit using a host of different instruments but 'Unopened Letters and Unanswered Calls' shows they can up the pace and still be impressive. This track sounds somewhat like Broadcast crossed with the Pixies if such a thing can be imagined. They both brood and have quite a fierce guitar attack.
They are, though, mainly here to provide us with slo-mo murder ballads and dreamy psychedelia that is very well produced (Martin Noble of British Sea Power and Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis are both involved in the mixing process) and also deeply affecting. And excellent example of making classic sounding records in the here and now.
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