Gazelle Twin

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Anna Wood

★★★★ Pas­toral ANTI-GHOST MOON RAY. CD/DL Brighton com­poser El­iz­a­beth Bern­holz’s folk mu­sic for Brexit Bri­tain.

Some­thing is rot­ten in the state of Bri­tain, we all know that now, but it takes se­ri­ous met­tle and a gim­let eye to make an al­bum like this – a dark, fran­tic cat­a­logue of mod­ern Bri­tain with all its an­cient roots. The song ti­tles alone give you a taste: Throne, Tea Rooms, Mon­grel, Bet­ter In My Day. On Glory, Gazelle Twin is Kate Bush chan­nelling the ghost of Rid­dley Walker; on Dance Of The Ped­dlers, Gazelle Twin stut­ters “Did he who made the lamb make thee?” from Wil­liam Blake’s The Tyger (a poem which can be para­phrased, fit­tingly for our times, as ‘Who the hell is in charge here?’); we hear her old recorder from school, her un­set­tling syn­the­sized vo­cals, grotesque Punch & Judy noises and snip­pets of John Tams. An al­bum like this could be rel­e­vant at any time, re­ally, but it takes the past cou­ple of years to make it quite this livid.

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