Track Of The Day #759: My Name Is Ian – In The Best Case Scenario We’d Die at the Same Time – Premiere
One of Cardiff’s best kept secrets, until now, My Name Is Ian have been releasing DIY EPs, singles and mini albums for quite some time. With ironic bedsit lyrical streams of consciousness that are comparable to Jeffrey Lewis with a odd British twist, and ramshackle jangle pop songs that are redolent of The Wave Pictures, but garnished by frontman Reginald Foxwell’s slanted abstract view of the world charting topic as disparate as the relative speed of slugs to death to love to the end of the world. My Name is Ian have carved out a niche of their very own.
With the release of their debut album ‘In The Best Case Scenario We’d Die at the Same Time’ out on Bubblewrap recordings now, they’ve taken things up a notch in every respect. Now featuring a full band and pitching their tents somewhere between early Los Campesinos and infusing it with a unique anti-folk eye for vocal melodic scraps, taken with slightly more polished songwriting and higher production levels, these witty eccentric songs are given a burst of life whilst still retaining the air of eccentricity that surrounds the groups work. The title and closing track is perhaps the most straightforward song musically on the album, a strum along, a glorious gallows anthem: laced with delicious black humour and a sing-along that you kind of can’t help but join in on. It’s like ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ if it was written by a fatalistic love sick twenty-something with a love of Tom Hanks’s Castaway… All together now…
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