Ono Palindromes – Kitty Magic EP (Rainbow)
Immediately recalling Andy Falkous in his more shrill and hysterical performances in McClusky, Ono Palindromes (a shockingly bad name, but we continue to respire) thankfully have a knack for balancing their aching anger with a large portion of inviting chord structures and approachable choruses. When it works, like on the opening Kitty Magic, it’s a scintillating ascent to post-punk-derived peaks of energy and repressed flamboyance, but when it falls flat on The End, it’s little more than an unintelligent and unimportant muscle-flex.
The positives are dominant though, and with three members of the band sharing the name ‘Andy’ making the prospect a load more heartening, it’s tough not to be softened by their puppyish lack of focus. Because they’ve got a natural touch for angering traditional pop structures, they can get away with the occasional blind corner and loose end. In fact, they might make their shambolic nature a virtue and obliterate any sense of being ruled by sentiment, continually tearing down pop firmaments with their obvious energy. The finest moment here is Eat Your Make-Up, which sasses along with (again, repressed and hiding behind the murk) glam, but the smut and grimy bass of more McClusky, a glorious and surprisingly tuneful high watermark.
This little bundle is out on April 6th via Rainbow Records. Have a look/listen.