Back with a bang
Lewis Budd
16:03 20th July 2020

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After an, er, blinding debut album, The Blinders have resurfaced to present the follow-up: Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath. In a record both inherently reflective and posed as a swashbuckling homage to David Bowie and Townes Van Zandt, the Doncaster trios' twitching urge to release a refreshing catalogue flirts with an inspired, nuanced feeling that rattles the cages of realism.

Re-amplifying the brazen anti-zeitgeist discourse of debut Columbia’s shackled angst, the band’s ensuing collection of tracks in Fantasies... are a deliberate placeholder of a band eager, and more than able, to make their mark on disenfranchised youth. 

Opening up, the swaggering ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ is a taunting welcome back into The Blinders’ brave new world. Following in its footsteps, a raucous ‘Forty Days And Forty Nights’ reminisces on the sounds of a legacy built around the band’s punkish charm.

Perhaps the album’s most literal track, ‘Lunatic (With A Loaded Gun)’ picks out imagery from international news, focusing on the consequence of the USA’s separation policies. After, the creeping and country-inspired ‘Circle Song’ listens close to a swaying ode to the rhythm present in a pendulum swing. Further, the band namecheck Bowie alongside an urge to flee the nest. A coming of age track for a band hitting their stride? Possibly.

Lodged straight after ferocious single ‘Mule Track’, ‘Rage At The Dying Of The Light’ sees more of The Blinders’ same finger-pointing attitude from Colombia on a track that could easily be mistaken as a buried treasure left dormant from their debut album. Longing single ‘Black Glass’ is self-described as feeling like "the centre of the album", posing with the track’s creeping introduction beckoning a more considered approach to creating eerie and intimate substance, revelling in the band’s changing soundscape.

Like many, The Blinders have been pushed into releasing an album later than anticipated. Thankfully, the wait was definitely worthwhile.

Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath is out now via Modern Sky. 

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