My copy of Receiving the Sounds of Science Fiction
from the Dark Beloved Cloud
singles club has just come in. It's quite impressive.
The tracks are:
Receiving the Sounds
- Receiving the Sounds of Science Fiction
- Highway Delights
- San Pedro de Atacama
- Worlds Of Space, Worlds Of Population, Worlds Of Robots
was previously performed live as Red Weed
; Highway Delights
had a number of names, including "My Hobby Is Better Than Your Hobby", "Watch Out For Trams" and "The Aging Process".
The tracks: Receiving the Sounds
appears to be in 7/8 time, and starts with a keyboard arpeggio, with guitars and drums coming in shortly afterward, and Laura doing the vocal; it sounds rather angular. Highway Delights
is Amy's song, and for some reason makes me think of Ibiza-period New Order, or possibly the Stone Roses. San Pedro
was originally a song from Cameron's other band, Baseball
, and is probably the best Ninetynine song Cameron has written (with the possible exception of live versions of Baluchistan). It starts off with some rather nice layered keyboard arpeggios. Cameron does most of the vocals (and in a surprisingly understated fashion), with Laura singing a few lines over the top. Worlds of Space
(another of Laura's songs) reprises Ninetynine's earlier distorted-guitar-driven sound, with some suitably introspective and angsty lyrics. And the last track, Tigerlady
, is a retro surf-rock instrumental. (I'm guessing that this is Iain's song.) It's pretty cool, and it sounds nothing like any other Ninetynine song.
I really like the new directions Ninetynine have been heading in since The Process
, the layered, textured intricacy of their arrangements and their stylistic versatility, and this reinforces that. The process of creative growth that showed through in The Process
is still going on, and this is the latest product of it. I eagerly await the full album that's coming out next year.
Oh, and the piece of club-member artwork my CD came with was a charcoal drawing of a cowboy on a horse, with "Sex and cigarettes and slow sad says he" written alongside it in blue biro.