Release Date: 29/06/2009
Similar Artists: The Daysleepers, Maps, Sigur Ros, Elbow, Moose, Lush, The Boo Radleys, The Telescopes
01. Clean Coloured Wire
02. Sometimes I Realise
03. International Dirge
04. Helped By Science?
05. Brighter As We Fall
06. Hang Your Head
07. Crawl From The Wreckage
08. Three Fact Fader
09. Song For Andy
10. Emergency Room
11. The Fear Has Gone
12. Be What You Are
13. What Pushed Us Together
Four years after the release of their landmark debut, the band return with their epic second album - "Three Fact Fader".
The 13-track album was produced by the band along with Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83, Maps) over a period of two years, with the final tracks being completed earlier this year.
It comes packaged in stunning artwork by legendary music photographer Tom Sheehan.
Following the rapturous reception that greeted their mini-album "Folly" in 2004 and debut Engineers the following year, it's taken them a long time to build their epic second album "Three Fact Fader".
After initial recording sessions, Engineers became unwitting victims of record company restructuring and the album was left in limbo, unfinished until the band reconvened earlier this year, largely motivated by public support.
“We seem to appeal to people in a really deep way – people tell us our music has helped them through intense times in their lives,” explains Mark Peters. “This is why it was so important to get the album released, it means so much more than the peripheral aspects of releasing records.”
Through "Clean Colour Wire", they set out more strikingly their down tempo foraging, epic tune structuring and distant, but meaningful vocals.
Spacey instrumentals often start a climb towards the calming, mystified vocals of Phipps. "Sometimes I Realise" bears this out, when Mark Peters’ almost cyclical slow turning bass lines create an air of mystery, providing some direction and beefing up the exploration.
A maturing sombreness seeps through the mid-section of this album, setting the tone for meditative pondering especially in "Brighter As We Fall". This is when the vocals remain at a consistent rhythmically pedestrian pace. It almost masks the deep inner searching that’s taking place. "Crawl From The Wreckage" builds with deftness and oozes the expansive confidence of an early Elbow.
"Sometimes I Realise" and "Hang Your Head" have a pounding, dancefloor-friendly quality, while both the title track and opener "Clean Coloured Wire" combine woozy, My Bloody Valentine style melodies with a sense of propulsion purloined from krautrock.