It’s fair to say that Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future finds Underworld creatively reborn. Its seven tracks are fleet-footed, raw and spontaneous – a direct result of a strict working process in the studio that saw the band (Rick Smith and Karl Hyde) write entirely new music each time they met. That process has helped produce an album that stands alongside the recently reissued classics dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest In The Infants.
So what can one expect from that shining future then? The opening punch of a two-note detuned bass riff crunching over relentless percussion; the elegiac swoop of strings as they stretching out across off-world electronics; a demented lupine howl that curls itself into an unshakeable earworm; celestial techno and South American acoustics; voices that warp into harmonic riffs; found lyrics that form fine-tuned monologues; head music to dance to… and the best Underworld record in years.
Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future is released in March.
A handful of reviews of the Super Furry Animals recent phenomenal shows. Full marks in the NME. Can’t argue with that. What a band.
“SFA’s past still sounds like the future.” NME 10/10
“These homecoming gods showed us the old magic.” The Guardian 4/5
“A giant psychedelic wig-out.” Evening Standard 4/5
Fantastic 4/5 review for Gaz Coombes in the Guardian last week. “Ever the cheekie chappie, but one who’s turned out rather well.“