Thursday, 16 August 2012

FUTUREHEADS ~ Rant

‘Rant’ certainly is an intriguing fourth album for the harmony and melody loving Post Punk Northerner’s. For one its entirely acapella. Secondly, the album consists of covers, mostly their own songs and the rest, well traditional folk songs. But by far the strangest thing about this album is how brilliant it is. Despite the lack of any instrument is it not boring, repetitive nor slow paced. Each song is clearly thought out and really quiet enjoyable.


The opening track, ’Meantime’, from their first self titled album, is as fast, upbeat and witty as the original. The second track caused some controversy as it is a cover of Black Eyed Pea’s ‘Meet Me Halfway’. The songs slow paced and filled with longing as their voices are deep and mournful. Yet they still manage to make it entirely their own. Its not a bad cover but not their best nor the strongest track on the album.
 

Old favourite from the first album ‘Robot’ follows, picking up the pace and never failing to bring a smile to your face. It’s a relatively simple song but without losing the fun of the original.

A personal favourite ’Beeswing’ (originally by Richard Thompson) Is sweet, innocent and catchy little tune which tells the tale of a young untameable girl. Its old fashioned and quaint with its humming and clapping. Its all very summer in the country with high spirits and hopes.
‘Thursday’, from the second album News And Tributes, is a much slower, simpler, sombre song. Its serious and mature, yet offers up a hint of hope. 
 


‘Sumer Is Icumen In’ is chirpy and brief. It is actually an old English Medieval round (type of music where one line is repeated but by different peoples at different times) The whole time the bands thick Sunderland accents shine through giving the album even more of a personality and making it very much a Futureheads album despite the range of styles explored.

‘The Keeper’ is insanely catchy and enjoyable. With only the lead singer singing the verses and rest of the band coming in for the chorus. It’s more simple and bare then others, and has the feel of a ho-down. It circles, building ever so slightly but barely lasts two minutes. The next cover is truly hilarious. ’The No. Song In Heaven’ ( originally by The Sparks) opens with a slow empty atmospheric introduction before breaking into good but funny guitar imitations that continue throughout with soft harmonious backing vocals. It’s an interesting cover and technically a single from the album. If that wasn’t enough, next we get a story in acapella song form.
 

 ‘The Old Dun Cow’ tells the tale of a pub burning down in a very amusing, annoyingly catchy way. I promise you it will get stuck in your head, which is rather bizarre. You can just imagine being sat round the bar singing it, old friends arm in arm as the lead singer tells us the tale and everyone else joins in for the chorus.
 

‘Acapella’ is set out like a normal song, with vocals again imitating instruments, creating an almost drum beat, while the lead singer sings solo with harmonious backing vocals. Weirdly enough it’s the love song of the album. ’Man Ray’, the closing track and a single from the first album, is probably the best and most thought out song from Rant. It is quiet literary an entirely vocal cover; fast paced harmonious Post Punk. The perfectly layered vocals change, became increasing more frantic as they build up into a crescendo only to abruptly end. Rant even contains is a quiet frankly disturbing short unnamed bonus track.

Overall it’s a very upbeat, catchy and heart-warmingly quaint album. Unusual but every bit enjoyable and very Futureheads. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3VB4NOB1Ak - Beeswing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-nVDFRaRGs - Man Ray