The British IBM, formed by retro enthusiast and singer-songwriter Adrian Killens combine floor filler-bytes, accessible indie rock and vintage computing in their eponymous debut. The first single released from the album, ‘Animal’ sparkles as track 1, within 5 minutes any worries eased, exorcising any fears that that this was a somewhat rushed recording. Recent releases are either slightly tin-pot with identikit samples via laptops & web or encouraged short recording sessions (to keep costs down), after the daily bill for studio time, sound room personnel, and general machinery. Even talking hardware you can find more machines and gizmos, in a chunk of recording studios, than an early 1970’s Coal fuelled power station. Either the ten tracks were well rehearsed and planned as working with the widely acclaimed producer Neil Rogers to record ‘The British IBM’ at Half-Ton Studios in Cambridge, takes a little confidence, either as his former pseudonym Aidy or by present monicker, Adrian Killens.
Back to proceedings at hand, thoroughly entertained by, ‘Sugar Water’ before the second seductive single, a song either by the efforts of Artrocker magazine, or by the charm and understated natter of the also eponymously titled sing;e ‘The British IBM which won over everyone that heard the single, least in my weird world. So at this point, I’m musing the three songs would make one of the best EPs of the year, before enthusiastically pressing on into the heart of the album, still working hard, just about to start the second uphill kilometre on the stationary bike. as the opening guitar chords of ‘Cannibal’ which is more robust, strong and passionate, a variation from how people would describe The British IBM’s music with words such as soft, guitar driven, vintage indie, visceral and original even at times (‘3 Years’) angry or frustrated, these words and half-baked ideas are accurate all have come to mind. Especially when you hear songs like ‘ Feelings’, ‘Good Afternoon’ or the solid ‘Open Your Eyes’, which you almost want a second floor flat to be described as a bedsit…
Figure this album will do very well, one of those albums in the modern iTunes age, where the standard is high and terms such as ‘filler tracks’ have no reference. I understand now that to get a talented producer was a no-brainer with such strong written material and special guests to add even more colour, including bassist David Martin and drummer Paul Richards both add great percussive moments and must have resulted in a strong hand going in; the debut has a very good sound, lyrics and song arrangements. not going to bore you with some pithy kilobyte humour except for the possible psychosis of a fifth album, with I am prepared for, with my HAL one liners already written up. But for now, ‘The British IBM’ has already been added to my new favourite soundtrack. 8.5/10