ALBUM REVIEW: Team Picture – The Menace of Mechanical Music | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 12.06.20






Having emerged from the Leeds circuit at the time when it was stuffed to breaking point with psych and fuzzy post-punk bands, Team Picture intriguingly pushed themselves away, displaying a taste for theatrical synth pop and quasi-prog on their Revival mini-album.

The Menace of Mechanical Music is a further waystation on their path, with the gothic balladry of Sleeptype Auction and the terse pseudo-blues of Rock Hudson Tragedy showcasing their talent for superficially calm and compliant pop that boasts a thornier, more obtuse core. If the suspicion remains that they might be cleaning things up a bit too much, Team Picture’s ambition and talent for offbeat art pop continues to make them a fascinating prospect.


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