I saw James Lavelle DJing at Amoeba a few months ago and became interested by UNKLE’s exotic-hybrid work, as listening to their albums is always a fascinating journey to some unknown faraway place, with large open soundspaces and captivating diverse influences, a place you don’t want to come back from too soon, ,…in a single word, it’s certainly trippy.
UNKLE’s last album ‘Where did the Night Fall’ is promised to be re-released as a double album, ‘Where did the Night Fall- Another Night Out’, the second disc containing songs from some previous EPs and some exclusive tracks.
And one of these EP will be ‘Only The Lonely’, consisting of 5 tracks that UNKLE will release digitally in April, whereas there will be a very limited edition box set of the physical incarnation of the double album.
One interesting aspect of the EP is the collaboration of UNKLE with artists like Nick Cave on ‘Money and Run’, and Duke Spirit’s Leila Moss on ‘The Dog Is Black’, a second collaboration in this case, since a first one, ‘Mayday’, had already been released on UNKLE’s 2007 album ‘War Stories’.
This is what Nick Cave had to say about ‘Money and Run’
‘I always had a huge soft spot for UNKLE – their pop sensibilities, their hooks, big choruses, their super-treated production – so when they sent me some music to sing over I jumped at the chance. The song they sent was great too – something wonderfully dense about it, like T Rex’s Metal Guru or something. I wrote a lyric – something desperate sounding to run counterpoint to the joyful racket of the music. It’s a fucking hit.’
I could not agree more! Listen to this track that I would describe as a violent and anxious number with Nick Cave’s half paranoiac-half menacing voice over cacophonous guitars and other blasting electronics:
Here the tracklist of The ‘Only The Lonely’ EP:
01. Money and Run (feat. Nick Cave)
02. The Dog Is Black (feat. Leila Moss)
03. Only The Lonely (Dub)
04. Wash The Love Away (feat. Gavin Clark)
05. Sunday Song (feat. Rachel Fannan)
weaving a fairy tale for us to get lost in
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020
will mark their return to the road in early February, 2023 with a string of to-be-announced US arena dates
enjoyable and soulful romp
another full day of music