Land Of Bingo – Bottle It In [Review]

 

All the random ingredients and variety that Land Of Bingo have managed to squeeze into Bottle It In – the debut (mini) album from the Welsh trio – would be enough to make Heston Blumenthal envious. If he were a musician instead of an oddball chef, of course.

Rhys Edwards, W.H Hughes and Gruff Ifan have, with their unique, pioneering electronic and folktronic music, created their own bass driven electro soundscape with this record.
They illustrate the kind of oblique compositions they are capable of here, by means of tempo, electronic sound and subject matter.

Title track ‘Bottle It In’ sets the tone with it’s Gorillaz / Hot Chip stylings. It has a pleasant, plodding beat that carries it along rather nicely.
On the other hand ‘River Bobbie’ meets you with a sheer cliff face interlude of harsh pulsing electronic noise and it all becomes very apparent that LOB are no one trick pony.
As if to prove this point, ‘Lufthansa’ brings a mellow, relaxing, breezy sound that could soundtrack a nostalgia scene in a movie.

These lads are big footy fans so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that this topic rears it’s head. It’s not a chant to be heard from the terraces, nor is it a football anthem as such, but ‘Company Hymn’ simply questions Barry Fry’s decisions as director of Peterborough FC. The looped vocal repeatedly asks ‘Why did Barry Fry give him the sack?’ and blends nicely with the fresh, catchy twang and hand-claps combining with an array of electronic swirls and reverb.

‘Headwarmer’ changes the direction once more with a nod towards Groove Armada this time. It is all deep bass and synths. The beat kicks in along with some hi-hats and it all builds up smoothly.

This mini album, out on the 11th April on vinyl and on iTunes now , gives more than a glimpse of the kind of off kilter lyrical topics and experimental electronic sound that LOB are all about.
It will be interesting to see these songs in a live setting. It will be more interesting still, to see how a band of forward thinkers like this, evolve over the coming years.

-Alan Manktelow

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