Race Horses: Goodbye Falkenburg - Album of the Month 2 - February

~ Thursday, 4 February 2010
Meilyr Jones, singer and bassist. Dylan Hughes, keyboards, synth, guitars and vocals. Alun Gaffey, guitar and vocals and Gwion Llewelyn, drums and backing vocals. I’m just introducing you to them. Race Horses. Trying to do it before they get all Johnny big time and leave the little people to hang out with all the talentless oafs at the Brits or in some poncy soulless Tofu Bar with Coldplay. With songs like Cake and Glo Ac Oren I don’t know what they’re doing but I’m melting.

Race Horses met in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth and are currently based in Cardiff. They seem perfectly in tune with their geography both spiritually and musically and seem to prefer to be away from the limelight. Is there something in the tea in Wales? What is it with Welsh bands? How come they get delicious pop harmony and 60’s psychedelia so bang on the money? Goodbye Falkenburg, released on Fantastic Plastic proves, that they are pretenders to the indie pop psychedelic throne. Not only do they play the part but even look the part, right down to the 60’s hair and the Pink Floyd shirts.

On Captain Penelope Smith we could be listening to the Bonzo Dog Band at their best and with Intergalactic Space Rebellion there’s a feel of Floyd and Stereolab. Fans of their former band Radio Luxembourg will know this territory well but there’s an improvement and that’s in the structure and quality of the songs.

The last band to release such a clever and interesting debut album was Blur.



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Review by Charlie Brown