Words by Ursa Gregson
After reading the name of the single I needed swift respite from the echoes of a similarly-titled seminal Basshunter classic round my head and so tucked into Midnight Rodeo's offering without delay. Markedly different from aforementioned masterwork, MR's 'Now You're Gone' is a three minute helping of psychedelic rock, an exercise in Morricone-tinted dream pop and anthem climax, drawing influence from Allah Las, Juniore, La Luz, Pinky Floyd and just a little Brian Jonestown. It did indeed clear my palette and nip me out to that ayahuasca desert stadium wherein lies no Scandi-bass whatsoever.
Photo Credit: Jack Stoddart
The six piece - comprised of Maddy Chamberlain (vocals, tambourine), James McBride (guitar, vocals), William Crumpton (guitar, vocals), Harry Taylor (bass) and Ferg Moran (drums) - explain: "‘Now You're Gone’ laments the sometimes frustratingly ephemeral nature of life, and the futility of "chasing a time that we know is over."”
Chasing that good old golden time with a whiff of organ, a huff of crunch guitar and a good toke of pleasingly verb-laden vocal, we can only hope that Midnight Rodeo find the strength to go on and bring forth new sonic life in the near future.
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