☱ Same Hands ☱

 

The amalgam of Gavin Clark’s one-of-a-kind vocal and Toydrum’s inventive soundscaping would, under normal circumstances, have Evangelist marked out as a modern classic. And no other song better exemplifies this fact than the trio’s track, ‘Same Hands‘.

The droney, psychedelic groove of ‘Same Hands’, stomps through a dusty Black Rebel Motorcycle Club meeting. Undercut with its grasping falsetto, incantations and rattling desert bells, Clark’s strung-out shamanic vocal leads the track.
Notably overdubbed with his own claustrophobic halftones, Clark’s voice marinates in turmoil.  Shuddering drums and marauding synths further add a murky edge to the compelling dark energy of this stark, fuzz-riffed uptempo track.

By and large, it’s difficult to pigeonhole ‘Evangelist‘. The casual listen to “Same Hands” might suggest the appalling lad-rock of Kasabian.

Thankfully, that impression quickly evaporates! The walloping fuzzed-out bass, handclaps and glam-descend of the chorus alongside helium backing vocals tell a different story.  Call it Krautrock for the 21st century, filtered through several decades of dance music.

Considered one of the most memorable of Clark’s recording career, the blissed-out low-end of ‘Same Hands’ comes with a set of anthemic vocals, full of religious iconology.

There’s a hint of Spacemen 3 or Spiritualized’s lysergic adventures in the double-tracked chorus. Similarly there are the gurgling effects, sitting deep in the mix. “Follow the father, follow the sun” intones Clark as the song peaks.

Markedly the album can be compared most accurately to Dangermouse and Sparklehorse’s 2009 collaboration Dark Night of the Soul.

Comparatively these final albums came from two troubled songwriters. By the same token, the overall aesthetic of fuzz-drenched melancholy defined both singers’ careers. To say nothing of the fact that both take a more experimental route through the work of collaborators.

Evangelist‘, a brilliant record, demands several listens. You could listen to the album three times and each time round, come out with a different favourite track. You’ll see new things in the songs that didn’t grab you on first or second listen.

 

RIYL: UNKLE, Spacemen 3

TRACKS: ‘Welcome to The Fairground’ by White Lies