It has been around four years since the last offering from Bolton’s finest band of troubadours Limbs. They tell me they have been hard at work writing lots of music over the last couple of years and new release “Expose Myself” is the first thing to actually be recorded from that period and is to be shared with the world from January 1st 2020 on Bandcamp. I am also advised that there is much more to come, and on the basis of this new five track release, and previous efforts, this is something to look forward to.
All the elements of Limbs music are in place, piano lead chansons, combining the charm of Muswell Hillbillies era Kinks, the theatricality of Bertolt Brecht, a nod towards Jacques Brel, and, the best traditions of English popular music.
On the face of it this might sound/feel like jolly music but detailed examination of the lyrical content reveals subjects varying between criminality, the excesses of rich and powerful men and their sexual peccadilloes, through the loss of traditional landscapes, to relationships and death.
Guest vocalist Helen Taylor (of the uniquely named “Smoking Gives You Big Tits”) provides a perfect foil to Michael Chadwick during the rich and evocative “Love Like Ours” which drips with latest sensuality in the best traditions of Noosha Fox, and is the stand out track on the EP. Having said that the closing “Bad Funeral Poetry” is a tour de force with astute lyrics and a tongue in cheek epic ballad feel to it.
If you need a break from the usual tosh pumped out on the 6Music playlist and wish to bathe in luxurious well written popular song-craft then I recommend you seek this out. While you are at it check out the previous releases from this talented group of musicians.
see also : The Planets, Neuron No