Fukushima Surfer Boys BAd ELE­phANt Sal­ford prog mav­er­icks bring elec­tron­ica to the party on third al­bum.

Prog - - Limelight - JB

Tro­jan Horse are happy to namecheck the gi­ants of prog in their bio, but the fact they cite Fly­ing Lo­tus, Thun­der­cat and Karl­heinz Stock­hausen as in­flu­ences on their new al­bum says every­thing about their at­ti­tude to the dog­mas of genre. Fukushima Surfer Boys sees the band head­ing in a more elec­tronic di­rec­tion. It’s a mod­ern take on prog that’s never less than en­gag­ing, and is of­ten thrillingly in­ven­tive. The

Ebb c/w Solotron is a case in point, its pro­cessed beats and grum­bling sub‑bass melded to arpeg­giated gui­tars and synths, evok­ing a chilly at­mos­phere of ur­ban dread. In con­trast, How You Gonna Get By? and I Wanna See My Daddy are tightly ar­ranged prog pop songs, the for­mer like a tur­bocharged Su­per­tramp, the lat­ter re­call­ing a slow‑ burn­ing Man­sun. The Mod­ern Apothe­cary mixes an­gu­lar skronk and mu­sic hall ab­sur­dism, while Sickle Cell Or­phan starts as an acous­tic bal­lad be­fore an an­gry riff and woozy key­tar gate­crash the sad­ness. Oh, and there’s the lush elec­tro rock of the ti­tle track, and then the dis­jointed mono­logue backed with dra­matic orch‑tron­ica of The Shapes… Some­times over­whelm­ing, but never un­der‑am­bi­tious, Tro­jan

Horse rein­vent prog, again.

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