As saxophone player Jake McMurchie suggests “It’s both more esoteric, more physical and more carefully crafted”, while retaining the band’s signature blend of strong melodic ideas, ferocious rhythmic hooks, tight compositional structures and freewheeling improvisations.
A particular highlight is the unexpected guest appearance of legendary composer and musician Robert Wyatt – a delicious wordless chorale on the languid American Meccano, recorded in a Lincolnshire studio open to the sounds of birdsong and passing vehicles.
2. American Meccano
4. Adagio in Wot Minor
2. The Waiting
3. Low Earth Orbit