Following lead singer Hayden Thorpe’s first solo effort Diviner earlier this year, now it’s the turn of co-vocalist Tom Fleming to make a musical statement following the split of Wild Beasts in 2018. A self-titled offering under the name One True Pairing, it’s radically different to most of what you’d associate with Fleming, full of dissonant guitars and political soul-searching that he describes as “neo-heartland rock”.
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Yay! It’s the second LP offering this year from a (former) Wild Beast! I liked Wild Beasts (RIP), I still likes them but especially I likes ‘Two Dancers’, what an album that was. Anyway, my fondness for living in the past aside, and having established I like wild beasts of many stripes -- I hope you do too, by the way -- ‘One True Pairing’ from The Deep Voiced One of WB. That’s ‘Mr Fleming’ to his accountant. Tom has a nice voice, as my girlfriend might say.
This record by the way and in case you’re interested, was named after the internetz fan fiction trope -- wherein one writes the perfect / ideal relationship in some slightly bizarre wish-fulfilment type of deal.
This record is quite a bit darker than his old co-writer Hayden Thorpe’s newie from not-so long-ago. It looks like Tom is the leather-clad rocker counterpart to Hayden’s soft-crooning balladeer. Plenty of nicely moody songs with jagged guitar and spiky synths here -- a few highlights, then: opening track 'Zero Summer', which starts like a lost Japan classic but soon descends into murkier, mistier territory; then the brittle, sparse yet loud 'Weapons' and the 'Depeche Mode meets Joy Division and Jimi Hendrix down a basement in Salford'-esque 'Dawn At The Factory'. I like it.
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