There’s obviously something going on a Fat Cat Records these days. The wave of truly excellent young Scottish bands they’re digging up is very suspicious. I’d guess genetic experiments if it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve already been so in love with so many artists from that land for so many years, from The Skids to the Cocteau Twins, Lowlife to Mogwai. Something in the water there, perhaps. Or the beer.
The latest group are led by The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Frightened Rabbit, all to be found on the aforementioned Fat Cat label. Frightened Rabbit have just released their third album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks and, after listening to it relentlessly all week I can safely say, without exaggeration, it’s an early contender for 2010 Album of the Year.
As much as I’m looking forward to The Love Language’s Libraries on Merge later on this year, it’s going to have to be mind rending to beat out the quality of songs collected on this album here. Skewed, infectious, eclectic rock and roll with a definate celtic feel and some very clever, at times very frank and amusing, lyrical content. The songwriting is exceptional, the tunes anthemic at times and all viciously catchy. Something tells me these boys are about to become critical darlings with this album and, with a little luck, see no small measure of success, too.
All well deserved.
Highly recommended, as you might expect.