London duo Grumbling Fur - the joint manifestation of Alexander Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan - has birthed a series of increasingly focused albums of psychedelic pop since 2011. Their new album, Furfour, is a record that's the sum of a dizzying array of creative projects by two key figures in an esoteric underground still thriving despite the pressures and pains of modern London.
Furfour gradually emerged over three years of writing and recording at 147 Tower Gardens. It's an album whose warm heart is shaped, say Grumbling Fur, by birth, loss, friendship, death, those things that happen to us all. Yet as ever with this duo, it's altered through fantasy and sci-fi, Carlos Castenada, shamanic mind warp, house ghosts and meditation.
It's a curious, generous-hearted and organic-sounding record that has its mood set by the easy harmonizing of O'Sullivan and Tucker's voices as they oat melodiously above clackering rhythms of "Milky Light," strings as celestial beings in "Silent Plans," scraps of half-heard spiritual texts and, conversely, the synth pop banger of "Acid Ali Khan." "Golden Simon" and "Heavy Days," meanwhile, describe the many horizons of the pop landscape that Brian Eno painted in Another Green World.