This ‘Micko Westmoreland’ article was written by Kay Child, a GIGsoup contributor
Yours Etc Abc, stays true to Micko Westmoreland’s earlier releases, on Landline records, with the running theme of ’60’s keyboard vibes, but this time letting go of the endless twists, scratches and sample bits to make way for (what some might call) a more grown-up sound.
Lyrical fire power doesn’t lay low with the album title track, touching on subjects of playground bullies, whilst opening track ‘Freaksville’ gives us a subjective reference to the psychedelic journey you might find yourself on in the midst of earlier releases, with lyrics like, “I wanna get back to freaksville“. Trumpet sounds, keyboard links, recognisable riffs and the occasional female vocal addition carry forward the identity of the sound in ‘Casting Couch’. Melodic sounds twinning well with the intriguing lines in ‘What Do You Bring to the Party?’
The Electronica sound of earlier releases is not lost with the atmospheric opening of ‘The Vampire Song’, an eerie sound ensuing throughout, separating it from the electronic 60’s influence the LP has serves up. “The poverty of expression” comes up for discussion in ‘Cliché (Paints a lie)’ described in an outspoken spiel of poetic opinion, arguably the most eclectic three minutes served up on the release. Closing tracks ‘Godstar’ and ‘Brighter Shade’ leave its listener with a more clarified, yet surreal sound than the LP originally enticed us with.
It’s an admirable composition presented by Westmoreland; a patch-worked journey of keyboards, catchy lyrics, interesting subject matter and quirky tale-telling.
‘Yours Etc Abc’ is out now on Landline Records