Title - 'Muscle Memory'
Artist - Kevin Godley
For those not in the know, the brand new album from Kevin Godley (known as the singer and drummer of the art rock band 10cc, and later as part of collaboration duo Godley & Creme -with Lol Creme - and is one of the pioneers of the pop music video; having worked with Blur, U2, The Charlatans, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams, and more), Muscle Memory, is his first ever solo album, and was actually originally due out in 2018.
However, due to an unforeseen circumstances, and a massive conspiracy theory that brought the crowd funding website Pledge Music to its knees, with the sit that launched the new album campaign now gone into administration, Godley had to take a step back.
And so whilst looking to give the project a new home, he luckily discovered a really interesting, independent UK label more than willing to help him relaunch the album: The state51 Conspiracy (December 17th, 2020).
The theory behind the project, for it isn't exactly a straightforward recording exercise, as Godley never met the people he worked with here (some not even "professional" musicians), was a coming together of all souls on his wavelength for a remote collaboration.
Furthermore, he tapped into the wellspring of musical talent coming out of bedrooms, campuses and computers all over the world by asking people to submit instrumental tracks that he turn into songs.
Indeed, he was sent over 285 tracks over a period of time and thus had to spend another long period of time whittling them down to the most stimulating eleven, adding lyrics and a top line to them all.
1. 'Expecting a Message'
2. 'The Ghosts of the Living'
3. 'Hit the Street'
4. 'The Bang Bang Theory'
5. '5 Minutes Alone'
6. 'Cut to the Cat'
7. 'One Day'
8. 'All Bones are White'
10. 'Song of Hate'
11. 'Bulletholes in the Sky'
The album marks Kevin’s first time fronting a project. His lyricism is cutting, political and provides a mood similar to film dialogue over classic pop lyricism.
Gun control, societal unrest, racism and questions regarding political correctness make for some of the most striking lyrical content likely heard on an alternative pop record.
Ergo, Muscle Memory is a dark record from someone not known for dark themes, but that doesn't mean each track is a depressing, dread-filled endeavor.
Far from it, as it opens on the jaunty pop of 'Expecting a Message' before free flowing into the translucent ambiance of 'The Ghosts of the Living,' which is itself backed by the gentle, lo-fi piano appeal of 'Hit the Street,' the percussion-led brilliance of 'The Bang Bang Theory,' and then the lush, at times ambient orchestrations of the magnificent '5 Minutes Alone.'
Next up is the one-two bass throb of 'Cut to the Cat' which is followed by the delightfully aromatic 'One Day,' the gently pulsating 'All Bones are White,' the melodic 'Periscope,' rounding out with the mid-tempo pop bounce of 'Song of Hate' (a collaboration with Australian singer/songwriter Gotye), closing on the balladeering, wood wind-imbued majesty of 'Bulletholes in the Sky.'
The composers’ identities have been concealed, in order to show no favoritism to well-known names, and to put all on a level playing field. The focus is on Godley and his lyrics, as he covers such topics as gun control, societal unrest, racism and questions regarding political correctness.
'Expecting a Message' (Official Video)
Amazon Purchase Link
The state51 Conspiracy @ Facebook