The Blinders move up a gear on ‘Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath’
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On Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath, The Blinder’s fine-tune their balance act.
Fantasies… is more dynamic than the band’s 2018 debut; Columbia consisted mostly of brash songwriting, but Fantasies… explores the band’s range. Lead single ‘Circle Song’ sees Beatles-style harmonies, strings sections and pianos clash with heavier, guitar-led songs such as ‘Forty Days, Forty Nights’. All-round it’s a more complex and considered approach, and the band improve tenfold by embracing a variety of sounds.
The Blinders have branched out lyrically, too. Rather than constantly wagging a middle finger at politicians, the band tackle their personal problems, covering mental health (‘Interlude’), disappointment (‘Circle Song’) and despair (‘In This Decade’). Granted, it gets a bit pretentious at times – there’s a reference to swimming in Mary Magdalene’s womb on ‘In This Decade’ – but it’s a refreshing alternative to the band relentlessly tackling society’s ills.
Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath represents The Blinders’ willingness to free up their writing style. The result is a more well- rounded, multi-sided, and altogether more interesting one.
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*Review first published in The Rodeo print magazine available HERE.
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