When a band releases an eponymously titled album, it’s usually a sign that they want to be taken seriously.
Ah, The Moon is Big. These nine songs of grandeur and crackpot simplicity - by turns insidiously familiar yet frustratingly remote - are weighed down by their spiritual forefathers.
a puckish, playful record of real charm and strength
All I can tell you is that I walked away from the gig wishing I had the ability and the means to follow them to Nijmegen, where they were due to play a second show that evening and then onwards and beyond. This may not have been a great gig but, my word, they’re one hell of a band.
The ringing choruses and beautiful counterpoints that Vox served up on these new tracks had us drooling.
At one point Incendiary turned to John Robb, who was also present, and blurted out “it’s like Margaret Thatcher on vocals”.
The beauty of Incubate is without doubt its impish programming. Truly, you never know what to expect.
Incendiary did wonder whether this whole song and dance act was a calculated attempt to align herself in the audience’s mind with the likes of quirky divas such as Kate Bush... If so, Austra, throw away the manual girl!
...the DIY conference was a nice idea, and on the whole really well presented. Incubate is strong on these things, let’s have some more of the same next year.
For those of you who would prefer something a little more unconventional, however, here are some unexpected places to drink and listen to music:
You could hardly accuse this album of being formulaic
There’s a lot of Cluster or Harmonia in there
There’s no real space to take stock, despite Tarantula being full of lo-fi, meandering gems
In My Head and Coming Down have that feeling of songs being written because they had to and that’s the acid test for me.
Though this thought made me laugh: it would be quite something to hear him attempt to make a concept record about Dungeons and Dragons, now wouldn’t it?
It is fair to say that Shane O Connor (the recluse who goes under the name of Shaneolinski) plays the ingénue card as often as he can
Part 2 Judy Garland, Milwaukee, Operas and more
Part One: the studio albums.
Perhaps, as this is the third long-player from the group, this is a sign of them coming of age.