Bronze Age Fox - Benidorm / When Things Work Out (Bagatelle)
UK release date: 19 April 2004
Benidorm / When Things Work Out sees Bronze Age Fox enter an entirely different mood, unseen on the last two fantastic releases. Both songs are far more melancholy and slow, but stimulating the same excitement as the previous releases, begging the question, is there anything this band can't do?
Benidorm is good fun. The time signature is weird and the melody warm, played on synth. It tells the story of vocalists Dominic Jones' love of photography before he and his lady jet off to Benidorm, leaving all their troubles behind ("Baby take off your winter plumage / I feel like Benidorm today... you need colour / I'll be taking photos"). When Things Work Out (slightly inferior) starts off as a simple jazzy acoustic song: however by the end, electro-pop noodlings have infiltrated creating a captivating contrast. If these songs are comparable to anyone it's Athlete.
Bronze Age Fox show no fear of experimentation, and effortlessly blend electronic music with their take on rock - perhaps Chikinki should pay a bit of attention to this band. Their musicianship and understanding is excellent, something reflected in their tight music, topped off with Jones' brilliant voice and witty, charismatic lyrics.