- The Involuntary Reflex Of The Terminal Bastard
- The Glacier
TRACKS WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY KAREN LANGLEY & ROB WILLIAMS.
KAREN LANGLEY - VOCALS/LYRICS
ROB WILLIAMS - GUITARS/SYNTHESIS
JON SHARP - DRUMS
From: BandcampFollowing on from the success of “The Circle of Confusion of Tongues”, BABAL give us a trio of tracks on their new EP, “The Glacier” that take us further into their stark, yet optimistic reality.
Opening track “The Involuntary Reflex of the terminal Bastard” gives Karen Langley the chance to throw all the toys out the pram with no hint of self-pity; a slow build of soulful rhythms, hooks and grooves underlines a morality tale of the modern narcissist – landlord, politician, parent, partner, sibling; the Bastard is a one-stop character who always has the upper hand – until you decide to stop catching the ball.
Title track and second play is the monstrous and gorgeous “The Glacier”. From the opening mournful bars of Sarana Verlins’s lovely violin, the mood is deep and heartbreaking – a track to get lost in as the metaphorical Glacier reflects the trials and tribulations of life; the unexamined life worth living.
A fabulous, climactic ending featuring Rob Williiams’ guitars, Jon Sharps’ drums, Ben Balsom’ bass and the haunting keys of Zoie Green, take this track to the iciest peaks of beauty and sadness, yet somehow drenches us in the promise of new beginnings.
Final track “Toffeetime” (a live favourite with BABAL fans) is a live studio jam (with added backing vocals by Karen) brings the full power of BABAL’S musical forces together and creates a brilliant dystopian tale of materialism. Shredded, squeezed and packaged into a painful realisation of the rotten drip-drip effect of modern first-world happiness and fake-culture.
Each EP will be numbered (limited edition 0f 50) and comes with an A5 poster of Paul Kopals’ EP artwork, plus an individual, hand-made art-note from BABAL in the best tradition of Dada.....
Artwork; Paul Kopal
Glacier photograph; Marinus Beers
All tracks mixed and mastered by Martin Nichols at Whitehouse, Bristol.
On Melodic Revolution Records on CD (MRRCD 2156) and digital download (MRRDR 201163).