Blurring an eclectic array of influences and sounds

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Swiftly following 2021’s acclaimed first outing ‘I’, the aptly titled ‘II’ finds the singer-songwriter and producer growing in stature and exploring the new sonic territory. Largely written in London when the singer suddenly found himself out of his musical day-job and in search of a new creative identity, Future Cavemen remembers:

“I had just left the garage rock band I was in and was transitioning to computer recording software. I was starting to experiment with some electronic sounds, trying (unsuccessfully) to veer away from the rock.”

Thrashing out a new sound and identity over the course of the 8 years that followed, the music that would come to belong to the Future Cavemen name would see Tennant blurring an eclectic array of influences and sounds from across the decades; repurposing them into something mutant, beguiling and original. Taking inspiration from the catalogues of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to the Dandy Warhols, QOTSA to Dick Dale, while pushing himself to explore sounds and tech far beyond his comfort zone; the fruits of his toils are no more vividly realised than in his latest collection.

From Spaghetti Western-inspired, slow-burning jams conspired in the shadows of the capital’s churches at the dead of night (“Diggin”), to the vortexing vintage synthesisers and otherworldly cool on “Gypsy Curse”; the EP closes with The Wizard of Oz-inspired “Under Rainbows”, its warped Beatles-y psychedelia taking the listener firmly out of Kansas and into a strange new world we could never have imagined.

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With its strange and soulful magnetism complemented by an oddball approach to instrumentation, “Poison Flower” is an intrepid and ironic step into the left-field for Tennant, with more expected to come.

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