Knifeworld: Bottled Out Of Eden (Gatefold black 2LP+CD)

Expansive, kaleidoscopic and unpredictable, “Bottled Out Of Eden” is KNIFEWORLD's most fully rounded work to date. There are a breath-taking amount of ideas in these songs, yet for all the precision, there is a lysergic abandon and, most extraordinary of all, the directness of the purest pop. It's rare to hear such complex and elaborate music sound as catchy and uplifting as this, or if you like, to hear catchy and uplifting music so complex and elaborate. Shot through with Kavus Torabi’s colourful and uniquely English song-writing, the album marries lush arrangements with unusual structures and a particularly singular vision. Inspired by the death of loved ones, “Bottled Out Of Eden” is an eleven piece song cycle of loss and hope. Kavus Torabi states that it’s “a celebration of this all too fleeting life, as it is a reflection on death and its impact on those left behind in its wake". “After “The Unravelling”, which took over a year to complete, we deliberately wanted to change the variables”, continues Torabi, “to alter the approach and make something different. I love “The Unravelling” but it was a very difficult record to make. Rather than spending so long in the studio, constructing, arranging, recording, re-recording and adding layers of additional instruments and noises, this time round we wanted something rawer, more live sounding.” Having broken in the songs on the road during 2015, Knifeworld retreated to The Pyrenees in September and recorded the album in nine days, with very few overdubs. The songs reveal many unexpected shifts and knotty passages, exhilarating but never there to show off. The twists and turns make the straighter beats, riffs and melodies all the more joyous when they come. Framed by the cosmic and driving “High/ Aflame” and the punchy, upbeat “Feel The Sorcery”, this album is a many faceted treasure from this most unique of groups.