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Albums Of The Week: Bingo Fury | Bats Feet For A Widow

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Bingo Fury’s noirish, furiously inventive music — marrying Scott Walker-esque balladry, poised jazz and agitated no-wave — has marked him amongst the U.K. avant-garde’s most exciting young voices. Bats Feet For A Widow is the multi-instrumentalist and madcap producer’s debut album.

The album was recorded in a local church in Bristol and inspired by Fury’s tangled feelings towards his strong religious upbringing. You can hear the old building everywhere amidst the rich jazz performances of his band: Meg Jenkins (bass), Henry Terrett (drums), Harry Furniss (cornet) and Rafi Cohen (guitar, glockenspiel, piano). You can also hear tossed house keys, wine glasses and strange acousmatic experiments — all channelled into a powerfully cinematic, deeply romantic album. At its heart is Fury’s crooning bass vocal, lending a vivid and slyly humorous voice to universal themes of love and pain.

Bats Feet For A Widow is an album of extremity. In all respects — its sonic palette, strange experiments, obscure references, offbeat one-liners, heart-breaking sentimentality and surging creativity — it is astonishingly full. Fury duly ends it on a note of maximalism: “you know I’m trying to give you everything / It all gets in the way.”