FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST
CANDY IN WEIGHTLESSNESS (SCRATCHY)
"A highly eccentric but thoroughly engaging electronic/art-pop debut that aligns him with the Fall, Denim and Frank Zappa."- Uncut UK.
The band's eponymous debut album released in 2009 garnered many plaudits including the Guardian which called it "genuinely esoteric and obscure, it would have made a superb addition to Rough Trade's late-70s roster" and the Sunday Times which suggested it was "seriously good" and pulled together "the sound of the Fall, Edwyn Collins, Devo and Wire." Commercial success, of course, did not beckon but then again neither did ignominy and a fall from grace.
And were Throbbing Gristle and The Residents on Top Of The Pops every week? With acute serendipity this brings us to "Candy In Weightlessness" a follow up album that's every bit as good as its predecessor - and then some.
Naturally, FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST were conceived and born outside gravity anyway - like a celestial Fletcher Christian - so it is a logical progression that they should now produce the kind of music capable of existing independently of those who accidentally encounter it.
Inspired somewhat alarmingly by the sweets that were given to astronauts before they embarked on their trip on the Space Shuttle Atlantis, "Candy In Weightlessness" inhabits the unholy territory between screaming and laughing as well as Public Image Limited, New Music, Air, David Arnold and Psychic TV: "Ice 9" is a paean to Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle; "Bubbleworks" could be Killing Joke if it wasn't so fiendishly clever; and the bleakly ironic "Second Hand Poet" is no more or less than the sound of a demented Stepford Wife spouting bilious poetry.
It's Ken Clarke sings the Associates, it's Henry Kissinger sings Joy Division, it's like nothing you've heard before or since.