So. Another week, and another celebratory Fleetwood Mac tribute comp. Though this time out it’s fusty dad-rag MOJO who’ve brought together the likes of Julia Holter, The Besnard Lakes, and Yeasayer for a rather more provocative, sticky front-of-mag release. The latter take a faintly tribalistic run-up at Rumours opener Second Hand News that’s rather more closely akin to Graceland than it is to Go Your Own Way, as Anand Wilder guides the Brooklyn troupe through an effusive, and with that ebullient tribute to just one of the record’s eleven glistering highlights. More reverent than in many respects radical, it’s overtly respectful and indeed just so happens to better much of the genre benders’ very own latest full-length, Fragrant World.
Liars, similarly, better anything lifted off of their most recent, WIXIW, with a monstrous overhaul of The Chain. [No.1 Against The Rush notwithstanding, of course.] The track previously renowned as a Tin Lizzie number – the sort Clarko may insolently screech atop as the wheels of some exorbitant motor make similar, although substantially less infuriating resonances – the chameleonic remix obsessives hack and slash at the thing as only they can, only then recomposing a scarcely recognisable excrescence of its propulsive point of origin. They’ve even left out that driving bass line that screams into action midway through to complete a brutalist, yet perplexingly beautiful bastardisation of what was once, you know, a pretty winsome, racy entity.
Rumours already abound of a headlining stint due a reformed Fleetwood Mac at next year’s Glastonbury. Here’s hoping that a) these transpire to resemble some unambiguous shade of truth, and b) they take a seesawing sense of discomfort from Angus Andrew et al.’s supremely creaky redux above.