In a typically Tubelord-esque way, the new EP, Tezcatlipoca, arrives in the post and I immediately wonder why the packaging is about six times the size of a normal CD case. Inside, a sheet of card holds the disc in place, perfectly strange album artwork on both sides. This Kingston four-piece certainly aren’t conformists.
The first track, Arbor, gives a delicate introduction to the glorious mix of noise which escapes from Tezcatlipoca. Comparable to acoustic tracks from previous album ‘One For The Grandparents’, this melodic tune will have you tapping your feet and nodding your head to the catchy lyrics, without a doubt.
Ratchet immediately shows Tubelord’s development from the first album, with a terrific mixture of minor keys and elusive glockenspiel. Clearly more of a single than the other two tracks, this is the tune you’ll find yourself humming along to, only because you can’t remember the words. Haunting backing vocals complete this track, giving it a depth and feeling that Tubelord manage to capture oh so well.
Bazel ends the EP on a dancier note, with verses that allow front man, Jo, to combine his distinguished yell with more refined vocals. Moody guitar riffs and sweet foreign lyrics create the perfect contradiction of styles, just as we’d expect from another great Tubelord track.
After repeating these nine minutes of brilliance over and over again I am impatiently waiting for release of the next album.
By Beth Jones.