Plastic Animals Announce Debut Album: Pictures From the Blackout


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I am delighted to announce that Plastic Animals’ debut album Pictures From the Blackout will be released on the 8th of February 2016 on vinyl and download – and you can pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

Album launch (with Frog): Wee Red Bar, Lauriston Place, January 29th 2016. £7 – tickets here.

Plastic Animals define themselves as atmospheric sludge rock, and that works pretty well for me. It’s indie rock, I suppose, but flavoured with shoegaze and krautrock (particularly in some of the longer ones), and in fact, as can happen with this kind of music, some of the longest and most impenetrable tracks are probably the album’s standout songs.

Actually, for all their initially shoegazey leanings, this is much more evidently melodic in places, although there are some brilliantly chuggy, krauty moments as well, like the euphoric closer Holy Daze and the fantastic Colophon, which is all just build and build and build and the lyrics don’t even kick in until the last thirty second or so of the song.

To say that things around Plastic Animals tend to move slowly would be an understatement. Apparently they’ve been around in one form or another for as long as Eagleowl, who are a sort of Edinburgh byword for taking your own sweet time with your music, but Eagleowl’s debut album came out in 2013 and erm… here we still are.

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