Review #184: Primal Scream – Chaosmosis

Artist – Primal Scream
Album – Chaosmosis (2016)

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Primal Scream are a rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. The band formed in 1982 and currently consist of members; Bobby Gillespie – vocals, Andrew Innes – guitar, Martin Duffy – keyboard and Darrin Mooney – drums, recruiting a range of players to fill in whilst touring. Primal Scream were one of a few bands leading the 80s indie revival scene and truly became influential figures with their classic album ‘Screamadelica’. With hits such as ‘Rocks’, ‘Movin’ On Up’ and ‘Country Girl’ the band have developed a strong following, built further through the word of their spectacular live performances. This is Primal Screams 11th studio release ‘Chaosmosis’.

‘Chaosmosis’ immediately with the intro track ‘Trippin’ On Your Love’ reintroduces Primal Scream’s signature sound, that wide range of instrumentation, focus on percussion and groove, large scale vocal/backing harmonies and funky fuzz/wah ridden guitar solos. To say this album is diverse would be an understatement, quickly shifting from their signature PS sound to Brit-rock, brash grunge and 80s synth, have a listen to ‘Where The Light Gets In’ and then ‘When The Blackout Meets The Fallout’ for example. PS make extensive use of electronic instruments on this album (synths and programmed drums), maybe more than previous releases, whether it be gritty NIN-esque basslines, cheesy 80s pop leads or the programmed drum new era EDM sound, it all manages to fit within the bands sound. ‘Chaosmosis’ breezes through it’s 10 songs effortlessly, each song fitting well and becoming an important element in the tracklisting, at no point was I bored or felt a track was badly written. The production is large and intriguing, the wealth of instrumentation and layering of vocals adds to this huge sound, instruments panned widely but all filling a required space. I would definitely recommend the tracks ‘Where The Light Gets In’ and ‘Trippin’ On Your Love’.

Again, ‘Chaosmosis’ is a large scale album, not in number of songs, but in the diversity of its songwriting and instrumentation. There’s something for everyone here and it’s certainly a piece of work that keeps the listener interested from start to finish.


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