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Toddler Unfamiliar

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So much has came about in the six years since Glasgow’s godfathers of punk Toddler Unfamiliar final launched a plump-length album. Pandemics, politics and pertinent fresh faces in music non-public all taken to the fore. Yet, in ‘World Below’, Toddler Unfamiliar distil the identical tenacity and straight-talking viewpoints of the world they dwell in like they’ve in any respect times accomplished – with an added surprise or two along the skill.

The album’s title be conscious marries smartly with its accompanying conceal, sonically submerging you into a melancholy, eery and wet concrete jungle that’s extra paying homage to Tokyo cityscape than that of Glasgow. But its incandescent commercial boards arrangement up notion-upsetting messages of being fling by principles for the length of the pandemic, psychological smartly being and sophistication divides, which the three-piece outfit affirm had been all core inspirations in the encourage of the writing route of of their sophomore album.

“Wake up delivery your eyes / It’s so beautiful here,” is the ironic chant that takes centre stage in be conscious-up be conscious ‘Beating In Time’ while ‘Below The Floor’ continues the album’s rebellious feel with intense guitars that pair properly with poppier vocal melodies.

‘Handiest Feel It When I’m With You’, which guest capabilities Hayley Mary from Australian band The Jezabels, marks a necessary turning point. The band’s shift popular to a extra ominous, minimalistic tone is gorgeous. The trap-tinged vocal transport in the verses is virtually unheard of for a Glasgow punk band to pull off. But in the event that they’d let scuttle of their gritty reins a shrimp extra and delved extra into this fresh territory all the design through the leisure of the album, it can well perchance’ve made for a trendsetting piece of labor.

As it is, the leisure of ‘World Below’ channels the band’s obvious punky guitar sound. It’s harnessed by their self-production at Glasgow’s 7 West Studios, which is able to even be heard in the sound of fatherland contemporaries like Uninvited and Gallus. ‘Dejected Outdated Me’ is fling to be a crowd-pleaser intention dwell performances with its anthemic choruses and exhausting-hitting guitar riffs. ‘When It Calls’ offers one other promising quirky 2d, channelling Roxy Tune with its habitual synths and danceable grooves earlier than ‘Greater’ returns to a feel extra synonymous with Toddler Unfamiliar’s 2016 debut, ‘Desire It Want It’.

Blasting out to a cacophony of screams and distorted guitars by its conclusion, ‘World Below’ is an delicious hear, peppered with ear-pricking moments of curiosity. An air of secrecy of defiance runs through the work as a total, synonymous with the Glasgow band’s no-nonsense recognition that’s excellent exhibited dwell on stage.

If they’d dared to be a shrimp extra weak with their sonic skill, ‘World Below’ could well perchance’ve been an gargantuan album. On the opposite hand, Toddler Unfamiliar are encourage in courageous fashion.


Phrases: Jamie Wilde

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