Manchester’s W. H. Lung originally started life as a studio-based musical project, taking in a wide range of eclectic influences including Prince, Julia Holter, David Byrne and Kanye West. Following a run of 2017 singles, including their double A side ‘Inspiration!/Nothing Is,’ and several in-demand festival appearances, the outfit now return to us with ‘Simpatico People,’ the first release from their debut LP Incidental Music, and a tour to support it in May.
And what a track it is, a mammoth, sprawling ten minute-plus number. An extended three minute introduction acts as a song in and of itself, specifically bringing to mind New Order and The Smiths, as well as various New Wave/Post Punk influences. It continues to twist and shift throughout, with alternating bass and drum lines giving the song numerous dynamics. It’s thrillingly inventive, sounding like a band at their creative peak, let alone one yet to release their first record.
Considering the length of the track, it’s notable as well for its lack of self indulgence. Throughout its extended running time it remains taut and focused, with shimmering technicolor electronics and jangling guitar lines helping to propel its forwards momentum. The production throughout is crisp to a point, with each instrument finding its own place and making its own mark within the song. It’s reminiscent of a slightly brighter and sprightlier version of The Horrors finer moments, such as their epic tracks ‘Sea Within A Sea’ and ‘Moving Further Away,’ which start with relatively simple setups, before building and expanding to find new movements and structures within themselves.
It’s a stunning and suitably tantalizing taster for the main album, which is set for release on April 5th on Melodic.
W. H. Lung’s Incidental Music can be pre-ordered now via Melodic’s webstore.
W. H. Lung will be touring throughout May, calling at:
11th May – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
12th May – Gold Sounds, Leeds
13th May – The Garage (Attic Bar), Glasgow
14th May – The Bodega, Nottingham
15th May – Green Door Store, Brighton
16th May – The Louisiana, Bristol
17th May – Heartbreakers, Southampton
Photo Credit: Rosie Butcher