Warpaint bassist channels her main band's somnolent atmospheres on solo debut
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Listen carefully, and under the shaken beer-can maracas, the hairy stomp and, yes, the banjo, you can just hear the benefit of the doubt.
Yet as Doves have blasted a new route through all that epic Mancunian bluster to find an unspoilt emotional landscape, it's just possible Candidate could pull the same trick with that malarial swamp sound, fanning away the fetid fly-blown fug of self-importance and unintentional comedy to find a breath of fresh air.
Starting with 'The Great Starving American Band' is an instant dose of quinine, a silvered slab of US mystique that's as poignantly iconic as Neil Young standing in a field of corn. The chorus of 'Play Something' is equally likely to trigger that internal video of metaphorical journeys on the open road, the chorus of, "Why don't you play something/Something we all can sing?" putting them down on the stadium waiting list at a sensibly early age.
Problems raise their bearded heads when, in true British holidaymaker style, they insist on taking Wellingtons and umbrella to the big sky country. 'Swim Home' rocks like it's towing a caravan behind it, not so much swamp as overflowing sink, and no amount of old-man gravitas can save 'Somerset' from the banjo menace. They do, however, manage to carry off a 'freakout' with 'Bird Machine' and even if you imagine the closest Joel's come to "the ugly underside" might be the untidiness under his bed, it still bristles with impressive disgust and relentless Deep-South logic.
Listen carefully, and under the shaken beer-can maracas, the hairy stomp and, yes, the banjo, you can just hear the benefit of the doubt. It sounds pretty good.
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