Truth be known, stadium-embracing Glaswegian alt.pop leviathans Texas are a band I never thought would be featuring amidst the dotted i’s and dashed t’s of these here intangible pages – I never even so much as envisaged it happening. And yet here we are, at the irrefutable right end of the Scots’ six year hiatus, extolling the unending virtues of a certain Sharleen Spiteri & co. I mean it’s hard to refute the genius of, say, Say What You Want in the same way that the Summer Son to have frazzled Spiteri’s skin once upon a when couldn’t feel further detached from the abysmally belated winter London is currently experiencing. They’re perhaps not the best of fits around these parts, though we operate exclusively according to a fairly lax ‘if it sounds alright, then it most probably is alright’ policy and The Conversation – the title track from the Celtic troupe’s ninth studio album expected this supposedly coming summertime – is considerably better than merely alright. Featuring a bluish scoundrel of a guitar line which writhes like an agitated rattlesnake beneath Spiteri’s agelessly smoky vocals, “it’s time to have a con-ver-sation” – a timely debate as to whether it’s high time to reassess the criterion of what may be deemed credible or cool, and instead reengage with your salad days via the medium of Spiteri’s Scottish Texas.
The Conversation is anticipated May 20th via [PIAS].