Tuesday, November 26, 2013

REVIEW: Casual Sex - The Bastard Beat EP


Alright, everyone - time for 14 minutes of Casual Sex!  Oh? I hear some of you complaining that it hardly is casual if we are going to be watching the clock.  I think we have a bit of a misunderstanding.  I'm not getting involved in your sordid little personal sex lives; at least not without a proper introduction and a bit of flirting.  No, I'm writing about The Bastard Beat EP, the 14-plus minute release from Glasgow's Casual Sex.  The band isn't new to regular readers of these pages.  And given their inclusion in Spin's list of the top "see these" for SxSW 2014, their recent tour supporting Franz Ferdinand, and the favorable write-up in the Wall Street Journal (not a publication known for the promotion of sex, casual or otherwise), it is clear that the word is spreading.

The EP is comprised of five tracks characterized by Sam Smith's suggestive croon, dirty bass lines, angular guitars and drumming that likely will induce feet to move.  The themes walk on the sleazy side of the street, but with a wink and a sense of humor.  Lead track "Nothing on Earth" is a perfect introduction to this band's approach to pop.   Smith extols the virtues of a lover over staccato guitar and a uptempo groove.  It is presented here in this video produced by Glasgow's Partickular Films.



Side A is completed by "The Bastard Beat".  Side B includes "The Sound of Casual Sex", "Then Again", and "What's Your Daughter For?"  The songwriting is top notch, but songwriting only gets you part way to the finish line.  The winning is in the delivery, and the delivery displayed by Casual Sex suggests this team can go far.  The vocals and musicianship are excellent, which is what you'd expect from a collection of pros, and the sound befits a foursome which includes two professional sound engineers (Sam and Chris).  But even more impressive is their feel for the songs.  You hear the music, you feel the music, and it feels like it belongs.  You may not have realized that the absence of sleazy guitar pop was a void in your life that demands to be filled.  But listen to The Bastard Beat EP and the truth will win out.



Casual Sex are Sam Smith (vocals/guitar), Edward Wood (guitar), Peter Masson (bass), and Chris McCrory (drums).  The Bastard Beat EP is released via We Can Still Picnic.  The first five songs at the Soundcloud link below comprise the EP, albeit in a different order.

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