The Brack­ish

Guitarist - - Music -

Post-punkers flash back with sec­ond al­bum Ded­i­cated by Bris­tol-based com­poser, gui­tarist and pro­ducer Luke Cawthra to his late fa­ther, Gypie Mayo (of Dr Feel­good and lat­ter-day The Yard­birds fame), Liq­uid Of Choice is the fol­low-up to 2014’s Big Guys by the anoma­lous in­stru­men­tal four-piece The Brack­ish. With a dis­tinct un­der­cur­rent of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, the al­bum is fun­da­men­tally routed in a sat­is­fy­ing ar­ray of taste­fully clas­sic, tac­tile gui­tar tones and ef­fects, dis­play­ing a grace­ful in­san­ity and af­fa­ble ma­nia that makes per­fect, ab­surd sense. Es­sen­tially, this is a mu­si­cal trip con­tain­ing stark, way­ward melodies and capri­cious har­monies, that weave around the twin gui­tars of Luke Cawthra and Neil Smith. It’s the mu­si­cal equiv­a­lent of a bendy mir­ror, re­flect­ing themes that emerge and dis­tort in play­ful cog­ni­tive dis­so­nance, as new re­frains and cross-rhythms con­stantly evolve on the edge of dis­cord. Beau­ti­fully un­bal­anced gui­tar wan­der­lust, off the beaten track. [RB] Stand­out track: Phys­i­cal Jerks For fans of: Can, Tor­toise

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