Lapsus Linguae: ‘Flight of the Enola Gaye’

Posted: December 14, 2013 in Record Reviews

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Lapsus Linguae is a Glaswegian band, that (according to the information on their website) stopped touring a few years ago, when the members decided to start recording their songs and bringing out both an EP and an album (both brought out this year).

It’s hard to take four guys who named themselves Penelope Collegefriend, T-bon E the Magnificent, Megaloof Taylor and Raga Wu, serious. And even though it seems to fit the music and their band name, it seems a little bit pretentious.

The song I got sent to review is called ‘Flight of the Enola Gaye‘, a song about the aircraft that dropped the first atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Definitely an interesting subject to write a song about and the chaotic atmosphere of the song does provide the ideal setting for the story.

But even though this chaos matches the story, it is a bit too chaotic at moments. Especially in the louder parts of the song, there is just too much going on and it leaves the listener with quite an agitated feeling.

As the story seems to be a particular important part of the song, it is quite frustrating that the lyrics are barely audible. Even though the music speaks for itself when it comes to the eerie atmosphere, the aggressiveness in the vocals make it seem like there might be a bit more to the words than just the story about a bomber, as if there is a more subtle and personal meaning to the lyrics.

But there’s no denial in saying that the music is technically good. The use of complex rhythms, rather strange chord patterns and song structure aren’t something you hear on a daily basis and are quite impressive. The piano intro, the almost demonic sounding first verse and basically the whole song could have been the soundtrack of  ‘the nightmare before Christmas’. And although the singing in the quieter parts isn’t that interesting, the lead singer’s feeling for theatre adds plenty of drama to make up for that.

Lapsus Linguae manages to set the eerie scene that you can expect of a song about bombs causing lots of death and disaster. But to me, this song seems to be much longer than 5 minutes and if it was a bit more coherent and less chaotic it would be easier to listen to.

-Words By Thom Rondeel-

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