As technology evolves, so does other things. That be a good or a bad thing, that’s up to each individual to decide. One thing is for sure, art (especially music) has find its way to not only grow from a production standpoint, but also genre-wise. Giving us a variety of unique styles that adds up to a life, again, both positive and negative. The use of computer generated music has open the doors to play with not only melodies or harmonies but using what at first might be random noise and putting them together in a way it creates this beats and sounds that haunt us down.
Scattered Shadows On A Double Bed by Fox and Coyote serves as a perfect template for the paragraph above. The album is in short words a sonic panorama, a journey into the sound, a melodic landscape that’s both rare and familiar. (Don’t Tell Me) There’s Nothing In My Head embraces the title to the core with its ever changing rhythm that switches back and forth between moody, dark, strings filled and eerie to a brighter chorus, just to land back into the same old somber territory, hinting the likes of Radiohead and Nick Cave. “Blue Marbel” changes the tone by seeking a rather “traditional” rock sound for the vast majority of the album with a little surprise towards the end and while the theatricality isn’t as obvious as the opening track, this remains throughout this and the rest of the record. The rest of the album is as unexpected as by now you may come to expect from the band.
There’s anything negative to report. The record is filled with nice twists that you mostly don’t expect coming your way. It does feels at time as it’s trapped in between decades as it pulls from the 80s New Wave and Indie heydays (think The Cure, The Smiths) and the 90s much electronic approach.
Criteria - 95%
In the end, Scattered Shadows On A Double Bed has no gimmicks. Everything advertise by the band is what you get to expect and even more. When I think about an eclectic band, rare groups like Fox and Coyote are the perfect example and this album is a testimony that originality ain’t dead and it’s still available for those waiting to get out of their comfort zone.