"It’s the feeling you don’t quite know what is coming next is whatt truly gives the record its edge. Whatever Lice in the Rainbow is about is not something I feel confident enough to examine in the pages of Incendiary magazine. "
White Williams – Smoke
What a record! From the off it’s a great listen; skewed party music in the best sense, in that it’s not afraid to sound ridiculous or naff. In fact I’d say it’s in the running to be one of my records of the year. The opener Headlines is a dreadful mix of Tom Tom club squeaks, bleeps and burps and deadpan vocals, Steve Miller style. The spirits of Holger Czukay or Van Dyke Parks are ever-present, but hell that’s no bad thing. And there’s an inbuilt slovenliness that is bloody appealing, whatever Williams is referencing. In the Club is a low grade synth growl which sounds like something Conny Plank would have knocked up. New Violence mixes Ege Bamyasi beats with keyboards from a Buggles record and creates a wholly charming pop song. In total contrast a suggestion of a Hi Life guitar lick drives the quirky, low-powered Going Down.
It’s the feeling you don’t quite know what is coming next that truly gives the record its edge. Whatever Lice in the Rainbow is about is not something I feel confident enough to examine in the pages of Incendiary magazine. Suffice to say it’s different from what has gone before. Incredibly the track lasts three minutes before the New Order guitar growlings of Violator put us back on an even keel.
Elsewhere, the Funkadelic-isms of Smoke lend a real woozy charm whereas We Know the Shadows is a demented electronic reflection.
Smoke is a top release. Give it a listen.
Words: Richard Foster