Feeding Tube and Cardinal Fuzz have united for a limited vinyl pressing of the new album by undervalued UK duo the Left Outsides. Theirs is a unique take on folk rock with a vocal, harmonium and viola blend which along with more traditional rock instruments creates a misty folk classicism that most recalls Opal, Damon & Naomi or Pearls Before Swine. Nice retail price to in order to help you get on board with their wonderful world.
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Ah I get it. It seemed that I just recently reviewed a the Left Outsides record but that was a re-issue from 2015. I knew they couldn't have followed it up that quickly. As an aside...I wonder what it is like to be in a band with your spouse? I guess it's just easier all round than having to leave the family hearth to go out to band practice with relative strangers.I'm fine with hubby and wife bands as long as they are not smug in that look-at-us-we're-in-both-a-successful-relationship-and-doing-pretty-nicely-for-ourselves-musically-and-look-at-you-with-no-spouse-and- a-failing-pathetic-excuse-of-a-music-career type way
Ahem. I'm pretty sure the Left Outsides aren't like that all. I can't vouch for the state of their marriage but musically things are going pretty nicely thank you. This is their fifth album and seems on the surface to blend a love of indie rock (I hear bits of Yo La Tengo, Mazzy Star) with more folk inspired composition. The opening 'The Unbroken Circle' is a classic romp of Fairport Convention vintage and 'Naming Shadows Was Your Existence' is the one that I feel perfectly combines Yo La Tengo and Sandy Denny. The odd track excepted (the vibrant 'Clothed In Ivy, Obscured By Dust' for example), a lot of what remains is quite slow and ploddy and perhaps lacking in the variation of their previous 'The Shape of Things to Come'. I'm missing the murder ballads and nods to Broadcast and 60's ballads but the gorgeous slow moving 'The Yellow Wallpaper' suggests that I may need to have more patience with these aching, unhurried ballads which could start revealing themselves on further spins.
Certainly this is a quiet, subtle record that adds to their impressive catalogue of under the radar music.
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