Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something - Oh Really, What's That Then? (LP)
Three-piece power trio release their debut album. An introspective journey through psychedelic glam-rock nightmares, woozy flows of self-discovery and beguiling lyrics delivered with subtlety and intensity. Jemma is your guide in this strange country, illuminating a path for you. In reality, they're as lost as the listener. In this hinterland, thoughts tumble on top of each other and the shadows cast by their images overwhelm. Hear a track in isolation and you might expose roots of its origins - from the exuberant T. Rex-esque strings of 'Black Rain', to the snarling Hole like guitars of 'Tasteless' - but the archaeology of their sound is not so easily uncovered. 'Oh Really, What's That Then?' paints a turbulent history and a doomed future. When an album opens with a distant primal scream, you know it's not going to be an easy ride. As the album's last-gasp, 'Tasteless', slowly dissipates from cacophony to complete stillness - like the universe ending, all energy exhausted - you'll feel the same. The journey is intense. Not that it's all a trudging grind, there are moments of pure exhilarating pop joy along the way.