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Robbers - Flesh



A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

A superlative example of how the youngest generation of up and coming musicians is perfecting a conglomerate sound that will transform rock genre musics in ways both familiar and engagingly odd. Robbers toss in a number of unusual factors, from strange spoken satirical rants to electronica to pop to folk, in a highly progressive mode impossible to nail down. Radiohead, shoegaze, Sigur Ros, Rain Parade, Stereolab, prog, Smashing Pumpkins, Gorillaz, and a very wide cosmos of influences have resulted in a mega-smooth spacey sound that marries mainlined mellifluous vocals to vaulting arangements layered in an encyclopedia of sound techniques.

Swear is a heavenly cut reflecting the quieter aspects of Mission UK in a lullabyish atmosphere so hedonistic it's gently erotic. I detect elements of Interview and Sniff 'N The Tears, as well as October Project, for the gauzily lush and sometimes utopianly metropolitan environments proving to be so irresistably seductive. There are a few rough-ish short patches, as in I Stole from My Own Flesh and Blood, but these clever blokes manage to use even those as smile-inducing compositional devices. This is intelligent and then some. How the hell did these guys get so savvy so quickly? Well, part of it is explained in the fact that the two founding members have been musical mates since the age of 12.

Flesh is a 6-cut EP but should be high on anyone's list despite that. It's long enough to be satisfying (half an hour), and each cut's an exercise in musicianship well beyond the members' youth (late teens / early 20s). Like Ping Trace (here) and other unorthodox units, I can only hope that efforts like this quickly succeed and usher in a new day no one's quite expecting. In a sea of radio moribundity, this is badly needed…might even help spark a rebirth of what occurred in the 70s.

Track List:

  • Eager
  • Swear
  • Desert and Tree
  • Stay Together
  • I Side from My Own Flesh and Blood
  • Hey There

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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