To coincide with the announcement Creep Present have shared a visualiser for the album’s title observe.
Moreover, the band have introduced quite a lot of UK dwell dates in June and July together with a headline present at London’s Village Underground and performances at festivals together with Latitude and Blue Dot, the dates of that are listed under.
Within the 5 years since Creep Present’s acclaimed Mr Dynamite album was launched it’s truthful to say that we’ve all been via a good bit. Sitting right here, in 2023, issues don’t appear to be getting any higher. There’s the cost-of-living disaster and political meltdowns; we’re in deep water with international warming and to prime all of it there’s a warfare on our doorstep.
Again in 2018 all the pieces appeared simpler. Positive, there was stuff to get riled about, however we knew nothing about what was to come back. Mr Dynamite was a fairground journey into the darkish corners of a world that was getting ready to being blitzed in a blender. It was a file teetering on the sting. 5 years down the road you’d anticipate the follow-up, Yawning Abyss, would double-down and convey the white-knuckled, teeth-gritted fury of the final 5 years to the boil. And but…
A fast recap? No downside. Wrangler + John Grant = Creep Present. And Creep Present? “A band of musical misfits who have found a voice or two”, says Wrangler’s Ben “Benge” Edwards, whose Bond villain studio on the sting of a moorland is Creep Present Grand Central in addition to residence to an analogue synth arsenal that would sink ships.
Wrangler have identified one another for some time. Tunng’s electronics wizard Phil Winter and Cabaret Voltaire’s trailblazing, pioneering frontman Stephen Mallinder go manner again, whereas Phil and Benge crossed paths within the twenty first century after they gave the impression to be more and more in the identical venues on the identical instances. In the meantime, Mal had been residing in Australia for the reason that mid-90s and when, in 2007, he returned to the UK his outdated pal Phil instructed he meet Benge and the three of them instantly started working collectively.
Wrangler collectively ran into Grant at their soundcheck for Sheffield’s Sensoria Pageant in 2014 the place they have been taking part in with Carter Tutti. A friendship blossomed and after they have been invited to carry out collectively for Tough Commerce’s fortieth anniversary present at London’s Barbican in 2016, effectively, they jumped on the probability… and Creep Present was born.
Let’s discuss in regards to the new album… What’s the Yawning Abyss? You may effectively ask. In accordance with Mal, it’s “a cosmic event horizon that I can see from my attic window when stand on a chair”. Yeah. Thanks.
“On this album”, gives Benge, toes firmly on the ground, “Wrangler wrangled some vintage synths, mostly Roland, Moog, and the ‘Crystal Machine’ – then John Grant joined in the fun at Memetune Studios where lots of musical experiments were carried out. Then Mal and John ran off to Iceland with the master tapes and recorded a load of madcap vocals. Back at Memetune, me and Phil were left to try and make sense of it all. Which wasn’t hard because what they did in Iceland was totally magnificent.”
Which sort of brings us again to the place we started. You’d think about ‘Yawning Abyss’ could be blowing steam out of its livid ears. Mr Dynamite however kicking a wasps nest. Repeatedly. And but…
Opener ‘The Bellows’ comes on like a modular ‘Radio Ga Ga’, the singalong ‘Moneyback’ (“You want your money back? / I didn’t think so”) feels like Godley & Creme’s ‘Snack Attack’ meets Prince Charles And The Metropolis Beat Band (“Pennies, pounds, dollar bills, signed agreements, death wills”). ‘Yahtzee!’ is an unhinged electro breakdance occasion in 4 minutes and 9 seconds.
The place Mr Dynamite was menace, a mélange of mangled voices, with Grant and Mallinder being closely handled, pitched up or down, rendering their contributions largely indistinguishable, Yawning Abyss takes a extra direct method. You hesitate to say feelgood, however there’s a skip within the step right here for positive.
The title observe performs John Grant’s vocal straight. Utterly. It’s good, so superb. Like ‘Axel F’ lined by Vangelis. The scrumptious shimmering synths of ‘Bungalow’ additionally performs these Grant pipes with a straight bat. ‘Matinee’ delves into darker, very funky territory. With Mal upfront it comes on like ‘The Crackdown’. Selection lyric: “You are starting to breakdown / And it’s so fun for me to see / You should have thought of that / You should have come prepared / You can see what’s happening and you look a little scared”.
So, you realize, not all feelgood. But it surely does really feel good. It’s most likely greatest to attract your personal conclusions… That is Creep Present in any case.
CREEP SHOW UK LIVE DATES
Thursday 15 June – Exeter, Phoenix
Friday 16 June – Brighton, ACCA
Friday 21 July – Jodrell Financial institution, Blue Dot competition
Saturday 22 July – Hebden Bridge, Trades Membership
Sunday 23 July – Henham Park, Latitude competition
Tuesday 25 July – London, Village Underground
YAWNING ABYSS TRACKLISTING
1. The Bellows
3. Yawning Abyss
8. Steak Diane
9. The Bellows Reprise
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