The four-piece pop-psychedelic art rockers have returned with another album of crazy beats and melodies, Marble Skies. There is no one quite like them. Jimmy Dixon takes some time out of child rearing activities to have a chat with Brightonsfinest.
While their debut album was recorded in a very basic makeshift studio (and received a Mercury nomination), album number two was made in the no expense spared uber studio of Angelic. The band have subsequently said it wasn’t quite right for them. For sure Born Under Saturn was slightly more polished and structured, but it still felt like a DIY work. A work that only they could have produced, such are their idiosyncrasies, which includes a rudimentary proficiency at playing, their collaborative approach to the whole band project, their distinctive harmonies, and David McLean’s self-taught production methods and ideas. Marble Skies is a further compromise solution of sorts, a work that was made in their own time, in their own place, and is a continuation of their underlying escapist, and kaleidoscopic, genre-defying musicality, that at base is pop inspired. It was also inspired by the sight of a night sky with an impending storm brewing while the band were at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, hence the title.