I’m surprised more hasn’t been written about Information Noise, the debut album by People Taking Pictures, which came out just over a week ago. In fact, all I could find was this article on the Aussie site the Partae and an album review in German.
Granted, the front cover looks like it’s of an obscure 1970’s jazz album, but it turns out that the creative force behind the music is the guitarist from the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Luke Parish. Its quite a departure though from the PPC, all laid back beats, jazz, hip hop and psychedelia and it’s really, really good.
The album is a little over 30 minutes long, taking in a diverse range of musical styles. Opening tracks ‘Two Heads’ and ‘Lucid’, are like Tame Impala doing Jazz. There’s hip hop on Propagate (one of two tracks featuring rapper POW! Negro) and A Park Without Railings both of which recall Avalanches with their use of strings, psychedelia on ‘Isolation Song’ and Deaf Sponge, lo fi on Solitude and the Universal Panache, and laid-back jazz on Adventure Shit and Perspective.
Oddly for us punters enduring winter in the UK, the album has a really summery feel to it, but I’m sure it makes absolute sense in its country of origin at this time of year. It is a lovely chilled out ride though and as far as we’re concerned, the first album of note in 2020.