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Named after a song by composer, singer, musician and disco producer
Arthur Russell, My Tiger My Timing have been a few years in making their
first album. The band formed in 2008, although this album is (self-)
released on their label Snakes and Ladders Records, which has been going
since 2005. Given this, you might be expecting something lo-fi or DIY.
Not the case at all. MTMT make gleaming electro-pop, gloriously free of
the standard dubstep breakdown that pollutes a lot of poppier indie
dance music at the moment.
There’s a driving, rhythmic beat as the basis of almost every song,
adding movement and an abundant feeling of joy. Third single, ‘The Gold
Rush’, is a melodious blend of that beat and Anna Vincent’s sassy vocal
delivery, bringing a darker element. There’s a catchy contrast between
her swift and memorable delivery of “so near so far so happy you can
join us” and the rising “ooh ohh ohh”s, underlaid with a swelling
tropical guitar riff. The track becomes addictive and blissfully
enjoyable; there’s something very unique and fresh about this album,
clearly a band worth keeping an eye on.
Demonstrating an understanding of the need not to make an album solely
of cheerful sing-along tracks, ‘Celeste’ has its softer moments.
‘Memories Of Earth’ feels gentle, particularly after the thumping beat
of ‘Honesty’, ending with echoing shouts that fade into laughter and
that lovely guitar.
‘Celeste’ is appropriately named, it’s a heavenly mixture of ambient
electronica, with hints of math-rock guitar and a sheer abundance and
quality of vocal hooks you’d only expect from very good chart songs.
Like the deceptively sweet looking girl clutching a shotgun on the front
cover, ‘Celeste’ reels you in with sugary melodies and then ensures you
won’t be going anywhere with an almost aggressively confident, darker