Having given Matthew Young, owner of Song, By Toad Records, a few sleepless nights – given that this album was supposed to be ready two years ago – Inspector Tapehead finally unleash their debut album on the world. Several listens in, I have given up trying to find a category for this fine album, because it just seems like a lame attempt to pigeonhole something to try and pin it down. And because every time I listen to it, I find something new I haven’t picked up on before.
There’s definitely a freshness no matter how many times you hear it. And whilst I clutch at straws, I genuinely think it will appeal to people who like label-mates Meursault. Though having said that, it doesn’t really sound much like Meursault at all. Think a garage rock meets a straight country band, only who sound as Scottish as, but without particularly Scottish accents.
‘I Am Your Pedigree’ is an awesome love song – of sorts – complete with “OMGWTF did he really just sing that” moment. It appears to have more going on in its less-than-four-minutes than some people manage in an entire career. Without becoming unbearably complex or too clever for its own good.
As the album draws to a close, and I know I will be playing it again, very soon; I reflect on two things: Firstly, it may have been a long time in the making, but the end justifies the means. And secondly, coming just a few months after the Meursault album – to say nothing of Twips and Falls, Maxwell Panther and Cold Seeds – Song By Toad Records are flying very high indeed.