Back in the 80’s, experiments in world music went hand in hand so commonly with big, aspirational, reverb-heavy production that since about 1992 they’ve been seen as horrifically trite.
In the past few years though the music scene has become so post-ironic that bands no longer feel afraid to dabble, and in Meat Mountain A Lull have given us a joyful set of five songs that are not ashamed of their similarities to, say, Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears.
So how have they managed this? Well, the township choir-esque backing vocals, infinite tom-toms and funk rhythms are all underpinned by coherent and comfortable post-punk influences; basslines in the style of Foals, vocals from late-period Dismemberment Plan and dynamics straight from The Paper Chase.
That isn’t to say that this is a derivative record though. Anyone’s free to mine genres, and as much as you’d expect it to feel contrived, it instead comes across as a genuine effort to straddle music scenes that couldn’t be much further separated.
Meat Mountain is a pleasure to listen to, it’s just a shame we only get five tracks, hopefully the next full length will follow shortly.