New solo LP from former Supergrasser Gaz Coombes. We do like a bit of Coombes round 'ere and we think...
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New solo LP from former Supergrasser Gaz Coombes. We do like a bit of Coombes round 'ere and we think you do too.
'World’s Strongest Man' is the magnificent third solo album by Gaz Coombes. Inspired variously by Grayson Perry’s 'The Descent of Man', Frank Ocean’s 'Blonde', Californian weed, British woodlands, unchecked masculinity, Neu! and hip hop (and a whole lot more besides), it’s a truly remarkable collection of eleven deeply personal songs each set to expansive, addictive melody.
For some quarters, he's just the mutton-chopped likely lad who peaked with Supergrass mega-single “Alright”. Those people are missing out. The trio were perhaps Britpop’s most underrated band (the mature, but commercially modest later releases deserve rediscovery) and their talisman’s solo career has continued to burnish a robust and quietly brilliant talent. 'World’s Strongest Man' is Coombes’ most confident solo album yet—a satisfying coalition of 'Here Come the Bombs’ trippy chutzpah and Mercury Prize-nominated 'Matador’s melodic sure-footedness. Highlights abound (the Berlin electro shuffle of “Deep Pockets”; “In Waves” and its sinister groove), but this is a carefully layered record to play right through.
World’s Strongest Man Deep Pockets Walk The Walk Shit (I’ve Done It Again) Slow Motion Life Wounded Egos Oxygen Mask In Waves The Oaks Vanishing Act Weird Dreams