The European - In A Very Real Sense Now
In A Very Real Sense Now is an album that can be best described as a collection of potential theme tunes for 1970s educational programmes spoken over by a sexually frustrated Neil Tennant. Just what the music industry has been crying out for, eh?
This is a quintessentially English album. You get the impression that if Simon Break (the creative force behind this unique gem) hadn’t been allowed the outlet of making this album over the last five years he’d be bothering the residents of a satellite town – wearing carrier bags on his head, threatening pensioners with celery and filling bins with jam. Whilst at its core the 1970s TV theme music remains a staple sound, there's an eccentricity that drives the album in many directions. From the adorable music-box ballad of ‘Wet Dream’ to the electro-skiffle of ‘I’m Not Getting What I Want From You’, wherever it chooses to roam it does so with a spring in its step and a knowing air of confidence.
Throughout the album The European assembles his screwball world and like a digital pied piper, leads his listeners there. But upon reaching final track ‘Tearaway’ - a dark and looming love song – the walls of perception start to collapse. White noise pours in through the cracks, the sound begins to break up and nothing can stop the real world from rushing in. It’s quite a spectacular end to such an insane journey that plonks you back on your feet wondering if it was all just some crazy dream.
This is certainly one of the most interesting and off-kilter albums you’ll hear this year. Please buy a copy - if only to prevent Simon from being released back into the community to reek havoc.