Edible Woman - Everywhere At Once

Hearing a new artist is always an interesting prospect. The first listen is an opportunity for the artist to pitch themselves, their sound and what they’re trying to say, if anything. Edible Woman’s latest Everywhere at Once presents the listener with a musical feast that leaves more questions than answers - even after repeated plays.

The sound of the album is rooted in the late 60s/early 70s. Opening track ‘Slightly Shifted’ throws in more Hammond organ in than you’ve probably heard in the last five years. But let me reassure you, this isn’t some sort of Inspiral Carpets/Procal Harum revival. With each track Edible Woman continue to bring something new. Whilst the album is evocative of musical eras past this isn’t some exercise in nostalgia; this album is contemporaneous - but where contemporary means yesterday. A common strand through much of the album is the Neil Young-esque vocals that sing of wanting “to gut this city” and “nothing is meant to be right”. The closing track, ‘Hi, This is Hardcore’ rips the template to shreds, the first half sounding like some electronica experimental before closing in a cacophony of sound more in keeping with the rest of the album.

Julian Cope has described the band as “a bunch of raging no wave bulls in a funky china shop”. There’s no funk here but if you’re on Cope’s radar than eclectic esotericism is the order of the day. If you want to listen to music that is going to continually confront you, to make you want to listen to a musical style that perhaps you didn’t think you wanted to, to keep you guessing ‘til the end then put this album on your menu.

Overall

6

out of 10

Last updated: 18/04/2018 15:10:47

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