Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Year by year: 2002

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man – OUT OF SEASON

Funny I should write this on the first day of winter. Funny – because Out Of Season could be the ultimate autumn album. Everything about it, from Beth Gibbons’ morbidly soulful vocals to the cold, slightly surreal vibe, everything screams wet shoes and windy streets.

It’s that same Beth Gibbons of Portishead – but this is bleak jazz rather than chilling trip-hop. A sense of abandoned hope runs through “Mysteries” and “Show” and the incredible “Tom The Model” like cold, cold blood – but, crucially, the effect is beautiful rather than oppressive. 

The centrepiece is “Funny Time Of Year” which shares the atmosphere with Nico’s version of “My Funny Valentine”. Desolation mixed with sadness, and the feeling that 30 years from now you will cry listening to these songs. Odd how both have ‘funny’ in their title. A less appropriate word would be hard to find.