Toothless - The Pace of the Passing (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log - 278 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 96 MB | 00:41:55
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative | Label: Island Records | Release Year: 2017
Toothless is Ed Nash, who plays bass in Crouch End electro-janglers Bombay Bicycle Club and should maybe claim a promotion on the basis of this enjoyable side-project. His classically inflected lyrics, finger-picked guitars and darkly playful sense of melody draw on the English psych traditions of Syd Barrett, Badly Drawn Boy, Simian, etc. Sisyphus works as a one-man duet, its dual melodies charmingly jostling for position; on You Thought I Was Your Friend, the phased drums and buzzing bass push us into more unsettling climes, the chorus hook offering: “I want to hurt you”. There’s a cutesy evasiveness to his vocals, multiply-tracked and mixed low as if to preclude intimacy – but the more dulcet moments (such as The Midas Touch, a duet with Tom Fleming of The Staves) can still cast a spell. The shadowy harmonies of Sun’s Midlife Crisis - “Every day must pass away” - sound uncannily like the moment a summer evening turns dark and cold and the games must be packed away.