Since the demise of the much-missed Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci in 2006, frontman Euros Childs has released a dizzying array of solo records. His ninth leaves behind the wearing synth experiments and lo-fi oddities of recent years for a set of witty piano-pop songs. However, its character studies have a grim undertone – ‘Second Home Blues’ looks at how empty holiday cottages have damaged the Welsh countryside, and ‘Holiday From Myself’ is a portrait of a disaffected songwriter tired of being played “on a shuffle that never ends”. It ends with the 14-minute ‘Trick Of The Mind’, perhaps Childs’ most beautiful song ever. Maybe Gorky’s aren’t so missed now.
- Record label: National Elf
- Release date: 21 Oct, 2013