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Late Of The Pier: Fantasy Black Channel (Album Review)

Fantasy Black Channel is the most thrilling British debut of the year for its spirit of invention, its surfeit of ideas and its ear for a good tune. The Castle Donington four-piece may be young pups but they reference prog, heavy metal, Roxy Music, Blur, Aphex Twin and Gary Numan – often all in the same song. Bathroom Gurgle begins as synth-pop, but after two minutes it suddenly bursts into falsetto spandex rock. Then it shifts genre and tempo again, as versatile singer Samuel Dust yelps: “Put your hands on your waistline and shift your body to the bassline.” Every time you play this album, you’ll find a new favourite song, riff or wayward moment.