Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Renaldo and the Loaf - Song Of The Lungfish [Psychofon Records - 2020]

Released as either vinyl or more recently CD Song Of The Lungfish is the first new material in four or so years from Renaldo and the Loaf- Britain’s finest sonic purveyors of all things avant-pop and (off) world music. The release is a four-track EP, and it finds the pair in fine inspired form severing up a release that dips in & out of bright avant pop, world music, eight-bit like electronica, genre blending, and touches of ritual-to-dark ambience.

The vinyl version of the EP appeared in November of last year- coming in an edition of 200 copies- 100 in black & 100 in transplant purple. It comes with a double-sided color inlay- these feature on one side a bright collage bringing together fish, butterflies with a backdrop of flowing larva, on the other side we the lyrics for one of the tracks & a hand number. The CD version of the release appeared early March of this year- this came in an edition of 200 copies, and is identical to the vinyl release- but shrunk down.

The idea for Song Of The Lungfish came about after the pair run a competition connected to their last full length 2016’s Gurdy Hurding- the winner (Eggoddleo Jones) of the competition got the write lyrics for a song, and these are used on the first track here, as well been used as a general influence for the EP's concept.

In total, the release runs for spot on fifteen minutes- with the four tracks running between two & five minutes apiece. Opening up proceedings we have the title track- this begins with the moody sound of the sea washing in & out, slow droning horn-based ambient, strange wailing chants &  percussive hits- at around the minute & a half minute, a voice says “Let's grow some legs & dance”- and we drop into the brightest/ most buoyant music the pair have  every done. It’s a mix of jaunting/ sped-up ethnic string darts, wavering 8-bit electro keys, horn beeps – topped with a blend of high pitched sing-song vocalizing & backward chorus.  Towards the end of the track, we get some great moodily wailing string feedback drifts which rather brought to mind Popol Vuh. Next up we have “Sacred Shore”- this is the shortest track here at just over the two-minute mark, and it finds a blend of rapidly jigging stringed instrumentation, amassed backwards vocals, and sways of back & forwards water wash.

If we flip over the vinyl (or stay on the same side if you're playing the CD) we get “Lungfish Hornpipe”- here we find this sort of crazed cajun vibe with a jigging blend of ethic string & eight-bit electronics,  & these are topped off with  Scottish like chanting. In its last-minute, we move into a counterbalance of dark ambient & quirky vocal fade. Last off we have “Song Of The Lungfish Dreaming” and here we get a wonderful bizarre crossbreed between strutting reggae, bizarre throat singing, swinging & jaunting ethnic pop. Towards the latter part of the track, we get some wonderful interplay between various layers of ethnic stringed instruments- coming off like a wonderfully meeting between Popol Vuh & Brian Eno.

Song Of The Lungfish is a rather wonderful slice of oddness & wonderment from Renaldo and the Loaf- with the pair masterful blending together both the bright and the murky. The release shows the pairs wonderfully ability to blend together different genre elements in such an effortless & creative manner- my only criticizing it’s all over too quick…really looking forward to what they do next, and this is most certainly a highlight of late last year/ early this year what ever the genre…head over to Psychofon Records here to pick up either a copy of the CD or Vinyl, or both!

Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

Renaldo and the Loaf - Song Of Th...
Released as either vinyl or more recently CD Song Of The Lungfish is the first new material in four or so years from Renaldo and the Loaf- Britain’s fin...
071222   Mad God - Mad God(Blu Ray)
071222   Smut Without Smut Vol. 1: Thi...
051222   Christoph Dahlberg - Blackforms
051222   Richard Pinhas/ Merzbow - Coda
051222   Death Loop Faction - Max Carnage
051222   Opus Magorum - Opus Magorum
041222   RJ Myato - Doubtless Empty
021222   Ingar Zach - Musica Liquida
021222   Mattie Barbier - Threads
021222   Marcia Aitken & June Lodge - ...
Latest Articles

Dr Tom Whittaker - The notoriou...
Late last year Severin released Eloy de la Iglesia’s Quinqui Collection- a two Blu-ray set bringing together three brutal and provocative Quinqui (deli...
061222   Dr Tom Whittaker - The noto...
231122   Hastings of Malawi - Deliriou...
011122   Raffaele Pezzella - Pursuing ...
111022   Fouke - Bigfoot walled noise
150922   Joe Sherlock - The King of mo...
230822   Sdug Bsngal - Some Scars Run ...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom