Incorporating The Music Fix
13th July 2010 21:00:00
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Bushman's Revenge - Jitterbug

The stoned (immaculate) opening jam of the Yoda-tastic 'Always In Motion The Future Is' doesn't quite prepare the listener for what is to come. Norway's Bushman's Revenge have left their jazz roots behind a little and this follow up to 2009's You Lost Me At Hello sees them blossom into a full-blown, instrumental guitar power trio. 'Kill Your Jitterbug Darlings' powers along on the kind of riff Josh Homme has been looking for over the last few years and there's some semi-tasteful guitar solo-ing on show too; the low-in-the-mix organ - courtesy elephant9's Stale Storlřkken - brings to mind a furiously head-pumping Jon Lord. The organ re-appears in the cheekily-titled 'While My Guitar Gently Breaks' which could be an off-cut from any adventurous, late 60s rock album - and a slice of unashamed tribute to the period. The middle of the album is more downbeat, like a freakier Black Sabbath, before the hard boogie of Motorhead's 'Damage Case' picks up the tempo once more. Things close with the laid-back washes of 'Waltz For My Good Man', bringing to an end a coherent and varied album of free-flowing jazz and prog-inflected classic rock. The lack of vocals may hinder repeat spins but for those of a mind, this is worthy of a quick unfurling of the freak flag.
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About Douglas Baptie
After years in the trenches, Douglas was elevated to the position of Editor in 2011. Pretty much everything you need to know about him can be learned by a spin of The Damned's Black Album and a screening of Twin Peaks. With a fondness for punk and 60s girl groups (with occasional side salads of indie pop), if your records are longer than 2m 50s, you're probably wasting each other's time. For general editorial questions, drop him a line via the TMF contact email.