BABAL’s latest album release is perhaps their most fluid and fearless yet.
Their 9th album “Let’s Get Lucid” explores encounters with alter-egos and inner conflicting personalities in some beautifully flowing “songs”.
The reality is that these songs have evolved from BABAL improvisations, strong with the sense of foreboding and eclectic themes that BABAL has made their trademark.
The first 50 buyers of the CD will get a free copy of BABAL’s new live album “Life Is Always In the Wild” (available to buy separately from November 18th).
Capturing the angst of the 21st Century with Karen Langley’s sharply observed lyrics, laced with the manically haunting guitars of Rob Williams and Jon Sharp on drums (plus guest musicians), BABAL delivers a thought-provoking, barbed performance that defies categorization.
BABAL reveals a dystopian, offbeat view of life; their cinematic, psych/art-rock approach calls up comparisons with Talking Heads, Zappa, Beefheart, Hendrix, Primus, Bent Knee, and Patti Smith among many others.
The band has gathered great responses around the UK and Europe and has also played live soundtracks for Alternative Cinema presentations.
1. Smoking With The Devil – Learn To Entertain Yourselves 20:22
2. Radical 09:52
3. Going Home 8:37
4. Radical (Instrumental Mix) 9:10
5. Going Home (Vocal Mix) 6:42
Total Running Time: 55 Minutes
Let’s Get Lucid Sessions
Karen Langley – vocals/arrangements
Rob Williams – guitars, guitar synth, programming
Jon Sharp – drums
Recorded at BABALKastel, Malvern, spring 2023
Produced by Rob Williams and Karen Langley
Engineered and mastered at the White House, Kewstoke, near Bristol by Martin Nichols
All music composed by Rob Williams
All lyrics and vocal arrangements by Karen Langley
Registered with the Performing Rights Society UK
Radical is the first single from Let’s Get Lucid and is Reminiscent of jazz crossover pieces of the finest 1970s-era caliber, this song is completely on-point for the present times. “No more soft-peddling, I want to be radical! Speaking from the front of the car, not the back-seat driving or skiving in my 9-5 late lunch latte long meetings”. On the page, it looks weird, but when Karen sings it with her eccentric phrasing and sarcastic passion, it sounds perfectly hard-hitting. The middle crazy chorus section is a high point; envisage Patti Smith and early P.J. Harvey mixed in with Lottie Lenya (and maybe some Ethel Merman) – we get Brechtian existential avant-garde jazz-rock! BABAL outros to songs tend to be quite a trip in themselves, and “Radical” has a great one.
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