After playing a vital part in the release of Leader Of The Starry Skies: A Tribute To Tim Smith, Knifeworld return with their new EP, the progressive masterpiece Dear Lord, No Deal.Pilot Her by Knifeworld
Knifeworld is the vehicle for Kavus Torabi’s unique and progressive psychedelic songwriting. Torabi, former frontman for The Monsoon Bassoon and guitarist in Cardiacs and Guapo, initially conceived Knifeworld as a solo outing but following the critically acclaimed 2009 release of debut album Buried Alone: Tales Of Crushing Defeat, he expanded the project into a full six piece band.
Featuring renowned Iraqi oud player Khyam Allami (drums), North Sea Radio Orchestra mastermind Craig Fortnam (bass), Chrome Hoof members Emmett Elvin and Chloe Herrington (keyboards and sax/bassoon respectively) and former Cardiacs vocalist Melanie Woods (vox), this EP is the first recording of the full band line up.Explosive opening track “Pilot Her” marries the opposing forces of breakneck punk rock with a blend of farfisa, rhodes, saxophone and bassoon in an urgent, melodic paeon to music. Soaring bittersweet vocal harmonies and knotty rhythms collide in Knifeworld’s most direct and immediate song thus far.
Dear Lord, No Deal, the EP’s title track, crams more ideas into two minutes than most bands can muster on a whole album, with its lolloping pace and summery melancholia. The track is all lysergic sonics and giddy kitchen sink production; it’s a beautiful Syd Barrett-esque pop tune that demands repeat listens.
Closing track”HMS Washout”, is a nautical epic, and is easily Knifeworld’s most ambitious song to date. This fourteen minute psychedelic tour de force is a kaleidoscopic journey into rock’s outer reaches showcasing a band that are comfortable enough to experiment with contrasting sounds, while pursuing a greater musical truth.
Dear Lord, No Deal is due to be released digitally on 4th July 2011, via Believers Roast.