Something reassuring that Turin breaks are set to release their 7th studio album, of equal appeal is their press release description of “the shrinking world of the mainstream music business” if that means less bland manufactured pre-packaged acts and more originators and songwriters come closer to the fore, alongside my first listen to the 11 track ‘Lost Property’ album, a a rewarding day.
Turin Brakes was created by Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, in a millennial South London bedroom, more out of a shared need to express a hidden message they’d both caught at the century’s end, than in a grab for stardom. Enlisting the membership of long-term collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer, the band carries on because the message is still there, still hidden, still with something to say.
Somewhere in the left field, Turin Breaks continue to grow, nay flourish, the new album begins with the accessible ‘96’ made complete by an almost signature guitar refrain. Gail’s vocals with that West-Coast acoustic guitar on ‘Keep Me Around’ and ‘The Quiet Ones’ explain some of the narrative, all delivered by comfortable alternative easier listening with twist, the opening salvo of tracks could all be singles. Along with the title track which has a resonance, that I’m struggling to explain. It’s self explanatory yet you could almost believe there is far more to the lyrics the the first few listens revealed, conspired musings aside, ‘Lost Property’ works. ‘Rome’ comes zen recomended worthy of more plays, do not be fooled by the easy-listening musical trappings, stay with the lyric for better comprehension. The more folk-ish ‘Martini’ as sharp and neat, to the rich lines of ‘Hope We Make It Through’ to the more chilled removed ‘Black Rabbit’. There is enough to mentally chew over, could make the mildly curious more aware, just maybe.
‘Lost Property’ for me at least, holds more universal, sometimes personal reflections of past and of more concern perhaps my future, yearning can be a dangerous thing even when it’s unique or still unforgettable. Turin Breaks were and remain more than the sum of their talent and parts. Still with enough shades to suit. 7.7/10
‘Keep Me Around’