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The Grubby Mitts - What The World Needs Now Is (2015)

16-07-2015, 21:10
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The Grubby Mitts - What The World Needs Now Is (2015)

Artist: The Grubby Mitts
Title Of Album: What The World Needs Now Is
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Lost Toy Records
Genre: Alt Rock, Indie, Lo-Fi, Electronic
Format: Mp3 | Flac
Quality: 320 kbps | Lossless
Total Time: 61:49 Min
Total Size: 155 Mb | 352 Mb


1. Music of Exhaustion
2. Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will
3. To a Friends House the Way is Never Long
4. Lenny (2013)
5. Home at Last
6. Standard
7. Last Stop for the Good Old Times (extract)
8. The First Lie
9. Bubble Blower
10. Her Laughter/For Tomorrow
11. The Mountain and I
12. Chewy Cosmos
13. Worm of Eternal Return
14. Last Stop for the Good Old Times
15. Unquiet Grave
16. Time is what stops everything happening all at once
17. Goodbye if You Call That Gone
18. Stormcock's Song

"The bands lofty ambitions have come to glorious fruition"" - Line of Best Fit // The band have developed an idiosyncratic voice that is completely original". - Clash Magazine // "...Wonderfully sad, with huge conviction and emotion" - The Guardian // The Grubby Mitts are a band from Bedford, UK lead by acclaimed artist Andy Holden. This album has taken 8 years to complete. What the World Needs Now Is, is positioned as part-anthology, part debut album; a cornucopia of sounds from the willfully eclectic output of the Grubby Mitts past and present. The record is deliberately incongruous, with ambient electronic pieces juxtaposed with pop songs, string quartets, punk moments, spoken word and a children's choir and school orchestra. Often one line refrains are repeated and layered in an attempt to grapple with vast sentiments; such as the single "To a Friend's House the Way is Never Long" and the Gavin Bryars' esq, "We sat together the mountain and I until only the mountain remained". Other tracks include a triumphant, joyous anthem ("Standard"), a re-working of an old English poem (The Unquiet Grave), a song that changes genre part way through (Bubbleblower), and classic, eccentric English pop (Home at Last). The bands sound is constantly changing, trying to reflect an experience of pop music after dance music and after 'iTunes'. Unusual sound-sources abound; bicycle wheels, coffee pots, snippets from cartoons and detuned radios all compete with live drums, drum machines, an array of woodwind, guitars, piano, synths, brass, five vocals and home-recorded string quartets. The band have even published a manifesto calling for Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity, and this record perhaps reflects this sensibility. The band all share the vocals, with Holden taking the spoken monologues and Illingworth the pop numbers, and often the whole band singling in unison. However, despite all the constant morphing and contradictory approaches there are moments where the record attempts to just be straight forwardly moving; such as when the school choir sing, "Goodbye, if you call that gone", on a track written after the death of the band's close friend and collaborator, Dan Cox. The debut single, To a Friend's House the Way is Never Long, was played regularly on to BBC 6Music and was described by Drowned in Sound as "a thoughtscursion… oddly moving and hypnotic… only a churl could object", and the band were recently invited by Tom Ravenscroft to write a new Christmas song for his BBC 6Music show. The Guardian featured the recent single on their F&M Playlist and The Observer interviewed vocalist Andy Holden as one of their ten rising stars of 2014. The Line of Best Fit declared that the "bands lofty ambitions have come to glorious fruition"" and Clash Magazine said the band have "developed an idiosyncratic voice that is completely original…sounding a bit like the Fall let loose in a children's playtime box". The second single, Standard, was championed by Steve Lamacq and last summer the band collaborated with Damo Suzuki formerly of Can. The band will bring their elaborate AV live show to this years Latitude Festival, following an extensive UK tour last year.

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