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So far, 2020 has tested our humanity, and will continue to for the foreseeable. New words have entered our vocabulary such as ‘self-isolation’ and ‘social distancing’. Society slides slowly into some warped version of the movie I Am Legend ..minus the zombies of course. Although certain sectors of the populous are acting completely brain dead, the hope we cling to is sparse but welcomed with open arms.
With all the in mind, the escapism of art is pumping and firing missiles of angst at the establishment. It is here that The Lovely Eggs become even more essential. Their upcoming album, the apt I Am Moron, a title perhaps thought of months ago which has nailed our post-Brexit, Trump dominated, virus infested world.
Following on from their previous work, the acclaimed This Is Eggland, Holly Ross and David Blackwell return, more fired up and intense than ever before. This husband and wife team are joined with a chemistry, a bond of love, who work together within an aura of passion. And this translates beautifully into their work.
This is the sound of the revolution. From the start it is the equivalent of pulling the trigger on an emotional machine gun, as it fires over a rampant twelve tracks. From the spacey “Long Stem Carnations” I Am Moron simply explodes with energy. The dreamy vocals and sixties style collage, builds into a vaulting knockout opener. With a landing “You Can Go Now”, brings the follies of our existence which have little basis on the scheme of our lives. “entertainment, you can go now..” . The war machine turns fully on “The Decision”, a punk blaze that brings the listener back to the premise of 1977 through a Tardis of subversive, ethereal attacks. “You Got The Ball” with its flowing mantra, is abstract activism wrapped in a catchy hook of repetition.
A swipe at social media through the explosive, and short “Digital Hair”. The excellent “Still Second Rate” is the arm-in-the-air anthem for the working classes. Leading us into the longest track, the aching beauty of the bass driven “New Dawn”. The circle of life set to beautiful harmonies, and the nature that surrounds us in. In some respects completing the journey of the album.
We as music lovers are slap bang in the territory of ‘best ofs’ for the year. No other album as yet has culminated the global mood so perfectly -the anger, the fear and of course need to fight back against a system which is failing us. But with all these ideals presented, the undeniable factor is that I Am Moron remains upbeat and even fun. Proving in this era music can still be wondrous.
Long Stem Carnations
You Can Go Now
You’ve Got The Balls
The Digital Hair
Still Second Rate
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