Following 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 an 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.
The title track and second play are 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 Williams’ 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 favorite with BABALfans) is a live studio jam (with added backing vocals by Karen) brings the full power of BABEL’Smusical forces together and creates a brilliant dystopian tale of materialism. Shredded, squeezed and packaged into a painful realization of the rotten drip-drip effect of modern first-world happiness and fake-culture.
Play this track LOUD and sink into the sweet filth of the abandoned toffee factory. You will then understand fully, and need new teeth of the Universe…..
“The Glacier” will be available as a Digital album as well a hand numbered CD of Limited to 50 Copies. Each EP will be numbered 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…..
The Involuntary Reflex of the terminal Bastard
Karen Langley // Vocals
Rob Williams // Guitars & Synthesis
Jon Sharp // Drums
Zoie Green // Keyboards
Ben Balsom // Bass
All tracks mixed and mastered by Martin Nichols at Whitehouse, Bristol.
Artwork; Paul Kopal
Glacier photograph; Marinus Beers
Getting it together stuff; Rachel Heard, friend and artist xx
On Melodic Revolution Records on CD (MRRCD 2156) and digital download (MRRDR 201163).
Release date mid-September 18…… TBC. Pre-order mid-August. ….. £6
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