Five years can feel a long time, not least in musical circles, and it certainly feels as though Joel Gibb has failed to make himself heard for quite some while. Subjectively speaking, The Hidden Cameras haven’t been on song since Awoo back in 2006, subsequent full-length Origin:Orphan something of a disappointment. But with Year of the Spawn – a second from, and the finale to, next year’s sixth studio album, Age – not only are Gibb et al. (associates this time including Chilly Gonzales) categorically back on song, but this must surely rank amongst their finest yet.
Beginning with a susurrating riff reminiscent of The Polyphonic Spree’s The Beginning Stages Of…, Gibb sings of two colours forming “another of lower hue” in a tingly croon redolent of that to have inspired John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts. A syncopated, quasi-ska interlude then ensues, Gibb feeling “thrown down”, before he ups the ante with an epiphanic cry: “Runnin’ down the road; reelin’ down the road.” Gonzales’ twinkly keys intervene, as do scorching strings, followed by phased guitars and at last brassy tumult. But mere words could never do such aural majesty justice, thus we’d desperately implore you explore the below five moments posthaste, and proceed to repeat.
Age is anticipated January 27th via Evil Evil.