"Yesterday was another level, now we're out to make something better..." sings Ebbot Lundberg over the ridiculously catchy melodic sway of "Sunshine", and you know what, he's right. The release of a new six song E.P. "Homo Futurus" and it's intriguing companion-piece, the Record Store Day limited edition vinyl and cassette album "Be Careful What You Wish For! The Embryonic Outtakes Phase 1", is by far the best thing Ebbot has done since The Soundtrack of Our Lives called it a day at the end of 2012. Firstly, I have to say that the album itself is a thing of simple beauty, released on the excellent Swedish label Kning Disk, it's limited to 500 copies, has hand-stamped labels and comes in a pure white individually numbered sleeve with lyric inserts. Lovely!
The album is basically a collection of sixteen tracks recorded as raw and basic as you can get in what appears to be one take. It's just Ebbot with acoustic guitar, backed up by Carl Johansson on a couple of songs, a smattering of percussion, simple keyboards in the background and vocal harmonies and effects every now and then but that is all. You can hear the occasional snippet of background chat, a cough here and there and the odd false start of a song intro, but as the title says, these are "embryonic outtakes", sketches of songs that work in their own stripped-down right but promise more great things to come in the future. "Here I am again" is the the album's opening statement and Ebbot continues "with all the unfinished dreams I had before...when the songbird would sing...", it's almost as if he has come to terms with the ending of The Soundtrack of Our Lives and has found his muse again. I mean, it took me almost a year after they split to be able to write about the end of the greatest Rock 'n' Roll band ever and I'm just a fan, it hit me so hard! It must have been so difficult to leave the confines of such a tight-knit outfit as TSOOL after such a long and distinguished career to go out and try again on your own.
|Ebbot in London 2012 - Photo by Paul Slattery|
|Ebbot with TSOOL, Paris 2012 - Photo by Steve Worrall|
|Ebbot at the last ever London show 2012 by Paul Slattery|
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