LES BIG BYRD

Whoosh­ing, Scandi space rock de­liv­ered on al­bum two – de­spite some hic­cups.

Prog - - Intro - RH.

Stak­ing a claim for al­bum ti­tle of the year – Iran Iraq IKEA comes from a slo­gan that singer Jocke Åh­lund saw printed on a tie in Ber­lin – this sec­ond al­bum from the Swedes has taken some time to get here. The ini­tial idea had been to make good on their 2014 de­but, They Wor­shipped Cats, by re­unit­ing with some­time co-writer An­ton New­combe of The Brian Jon­estown Mas­sacre, on whose la­bel that al­bum was re­leased. How­ever, things took a turn for the worse when they also de­cided to bring in ex­tra help in the shape of Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kem­ber, for­merly of Space­men 3. New­combe and Kem­ber sim­ply didn’t get on, leav­ing Åh­lund and his band­mates to do it them­selves in­stead. Thank­fully, Les Big Byrd have trusted their in­stincts, de­liv­er­ing an al­bum of synth-packed space rock with a ter­rific sense of propul­sion through­out.

The stand­out track is I Tried So Hard, which rushes along like Hook­worms at their ex­hil­a­rat­ing best, while A Lit­tle More Numb (fea­tur­ing Kem­ber) feels like the brighter cousin of Spir­i­tu­al­ized’s I Think I’m In Love. Eon and Man­nen Utan­för edge to­wards mid­dle ground pop, but oth­er­wise there’s plenty for prog fans to savour here.

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