With vocal delivery and lyrics that straddle an imaginary border between the realms of Mike Scott, Tim Wheeler and Wreckless Eric, Tadgh Lipton doesn’t appear to be overly concerned with confining himself to genres. Twenteen features angsty vocals over a polished punk pop backing with agressive guitar sounds. It’s the justaposition between the polish of the rhythm section/ backing vocals and the in your face guitars/ lead vocals that makes the sound refreshing.
Ekoli breaks out the Cellos and a marching snare beat, as Tadgh tries on shoegazing for size, half crooning, half ranting. He makes it his own, and moves on. Closwer features Husker Du guitars playing Television riffs, supported by a Tom Verlaine-esque snarled vocal.
Tadgh tells us that “This album is about the struggle with mental health, how not looking after yourself can negatively warp your perception of the world.”, and these songs accurately convey a sense of paranoia, and a struggle to keep it together, with the change of pace between relatively convenional ballads like Pretty serving as a brief respite before we’re plunged again into the depths of a troubled mind, with Auto Piolet (yes – the song title misspellings appear to be deliberate).
The lead single, Nervious, opens with “I know you’re going to weep, ‘cos I’m going to hurt you” over an almost jaunty acoustic backing. The effect is rather sinister. This is an album that lulls you into a false sense of security with soothing melodies, and then shivs you in the back when you least expect it. For those of us who like music to challenge us, this is a good punt. It’s an album you need to live with for a week or so, before you get the full picture. “Do you understand what you’re accusing me of”? he demands in True. I’m accusing you of wrecking my head, but in a good way, Tadgh.
inaudible is released on August 30th.