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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Get High and Leave Your Head with Future of the Left

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM


Listen to this while high: Future of the Left's Polymers are Forever EP.

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Behind the buzz: Hyperliterate

Welsh provocateurs Future of the Left scored heavily with 2009's Travels with Myself and Another, so it

won't do to dismiss the Polymers are

Forever EP (out as of yesterday on Xtra Mile and streaming courtesy of Spin magazine here) as a stopgap between albums. Six songs that clock collectively in

at a mere 20 minutes might not seem like ideal stoner rock, but excited

squawks from the UK blogosphere indicate this fucker will blow the casual listener

though the wall.

Today's weed:

Private Reserve, an indica advertised down at the local dispensary as

containing a frightful percentage of raw THC calculated helpfully to two

decimal spaces.

Loud Times at Bedlam

High: The title track is hair-raising stuff -- as furiously goofy as an early

Red Hot Chili Peppers joint while offloading a message as wrist-slit depressing

as any nit Roger Waters ever picked off

his psyche. The second half is a glorious mic-check reiteration about how that plastic

bottle you just threw away is going to outlive you and the DNA you slobbered on it. At

1:46, "With Apologies to Emily Pankhurst" whips by like a chunk of hurled

pavement, with frontman Andy Falkous snarling like a buttsore payer of alimony. "New

Adventures" is a scabrous venture into consequences, and "My Wife is Unhappy"

narrates "the final, final, final, final, final, final thoughts of a man unused to joy" as

the poor fucker raves of Joe Pesci and crawling sainthood. "Dry Hate" is another

gobbet of venom spat at some elusive target, with the couplet "Think of us as

ready-made/ Jesus loves a renegade" as ponderable a Lennonism as I've heard in a

while. The song "" is a bent political rant highlighted by the line

"I had no idea evil had such small ambition," which sums up the Falkous

worldview admirably.

Psychoactive verdict:

Despite its brevity, Polymers are Forever

is a textured and bracing artistic whole that hangs together better than most

recent full-lengths. The title track is set to appear on the band's third

album, The Plot Against Common Sense,

due out early next year.


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