Make Good Your Escape - Beautiful Ruin
What can you say about Make Good Your Escape? This, their new single, has been made Single of the Week by Phil Jupitus on 6Music, plus they are picking up airtime on XFM in London. Originally from Chichester, England, Make Good Your Escape came together in the summer of 2004 in Brighton, and this is their second single and their first release on Fierce Panda.
It is a pretty good song, full of fiddly guitars and crashing drums, but sounds a little flat and uninspiring - the production seems muted, and a lot of energy and spark seems to be missing. It heralds back to an earlier time, of indie guitar bands like Moose and Chapterhouse. The second track is better, a more sedate affair, with a dreamy atmosphere and some great, floaty guitar setting the backdrop.
The remix of "Beautiful Ruin" though is bad to say the least - it just sounds like a keyboard demo, clattering beats and random noises that don't gel together. It is a sonic assault that is not worth listening to, and is totally out of place with the other tracks. "Fields" though is excellent, the sort of song you would like to listen to in a field - soft, languid, slightly druggy - it is a peaceful piece with a gently strummed acoustic and an excellent vocal.
The title track is ok in an indie jingly/jangly kind of way, the remix just terrible, but songs like "Fields" show a band with some promise. "Make Good Your Escape" sound like the sort of band though that you have to see live to truly form an honest opinion.
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