ARC048: Navvy - Idyll Intangible
"After their scratchy debut assault on the senses (last year was it?), Sheffield's angular agit rock chimps Navvy have blossomed mightily with their itchy, minimal sound template with their debut full length CD through Angular. 'Idyll Intangible' hits me as a tightly meshed concoction of galloping drum machine, twangy cow-punk guitars & yelped sloganeering that recalls Devo, Pylon, Bogshed, Bis & early Fall whilst retaining a unique contemporary bounce and a rigid tunefulness that I find very heartening! The M/F vocals have a euphoric call & response feel, underlaid with a tight, poppy bass and lots of whirring toytown keyboards, each tune has an incredibly strong identity and overall it's a very adrenalised recording, brassy & punchy with a stripped-down post-punk attitude. Also the production on here being much more hi-fi than their debut EP doesn't remotely detract from the bands hyperactive edginess. They just sound colossally funky & incredibly good fun. The initial buzz was justified, the mighty Angular have done it again! CD with LP to come, gotta love the surrealist artwork..."
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Formed from parts of several underground Sheffield bands including Texas Pete, In Theory and the incredible Wisconsin Death Trip - and by advertising in the local laundrette, Navvy are a 4 piece pop combo from Sheffield (via Derbyshire, Wales and Oxford).
Choppy discombobulates Navvy were recently filmed by BeatCast at their London Macbeth show.
See them on one of the following dates.
Listen again to their 6 Music session.
This week's NME seems to be mostly dedicated to Navvy
Navvy's debut album 'Idyll Intangible' is released next Monday