Graphite Records [Release date: 21.10.13]
Mojo Fury’s last album was perhaps more memorable for its title ‘Visiting Hours Of A Travelling Circus’. Like many of the indie releases we get through the door here at GRTR! the music – and band – seemed to merge with the competition. That was 2011. Fast forward to 2013 and their second album offering is altogether more measured and assured … and quite wonderful.
The band have evidently worked hard to craft a simply joyous album that offers up 12 solid nuggets. It also shows the band heavying things up when they want to – as on their debut - with songs like ‘The Difference Between’ and ‘Medusa’ – whilst there are even pomp prog overtones (‘Tear The World Apart’, ‘Salty Sticky Hearts’).
The bombastic opener ‘Safe In the Arms Of Sound’ sounds like an outtake from The Beatles session that produced ‘A Day In The Life’ but it sets the bar – and our expectation – high.
‘Origami Bird’ and ‘Money Body Body Money’ have an infectious modern synth funk groove whilst ‘Iris Influential’ is a prime slice of slower atmospheric pop/funk.
Elsewhere there is a mix of the anthemic (‘All In Awe’, ‘If I Die’) and all usually underpinned with the band’s signature electronic rhythms. It’s as much Johnny Hates Jazz as Johnny Marr, although the band have also been compared to Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails. ‘The Difference Between’ is far less frenetic than its predecessor.
Fashioned with the help of a Pledge Music campaign, after a promising if somewhat derivative debut this should be the album to announce the firm arrival of this engaging bunch from Belfast. ***1/2
Review by David Randall
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