Old Man Soul Club – Pot Luck | Experimental Alternative
Old Man Soul Club is an Alternative, Independent Rock group based in the United Kingdom. They describe their music as Alternative music that’s independently built. With a wide array of songs under their belt and now, 3 full-length albums, the band is making large leaps. Their latest album, Pot Luck features 11 songs with a total run time of 34 minutes and 19 seconds.
The album kicks off on Revolve, a pretty relaxed and calm number with a rather wide sound. Old Man Soul Club has a rather experimental yet classy sound. The pianos and guitar in this track are resolute, yet not rigid. Meanwhile, the vocals are so wide that they encompass the entire audio. Something about this reminds me of Damon Albarn and his work on Gorillaz tracks. It’s a rather peaceful track with light elements keeping it flowing. The drums are the deepest part of the track, giving it a lot of depth. This calmness and tranquillity can also be heard in tracks like How’s Your Luck? (A Four Letter Word) and Start Of The Dance. These tracks are much more mellow and calm. However, they don’t feature the same experimentalism as Revolve.
Tracks like You and You, Jimmy’s Blue and Splash feature some heavy experimental elements. However, they also balance it out with some pretty classic Brit Pop elements with the bright guitars, hard cymbals and synthesizers. You and You in particular is light, bright and playful. Jimmy’s Blue features more Blues elements but does so with such ease. Moreover, it doesn’t rely solely on the instruments for the music, including finger snaps to add to the percussions. I particularly enjoy the instrumental nature of Jimmy’s Blue, letting the music do all the talking, with the guitar taking over as lead instead of the vocals. Splash is mostly percussive, exhibiting the range of the drums. This also seems kind of instrumental with a bunch of ad-libs in the track. These three tracks have reminded me of the experimental side of Brit Pop with The Stone Roses.
Hillybilly Bo deserves a lot of credit. It may sound like the sanest track on the album, but I can assure you that it is one of the most experimental ones. The guitars remind me of those of Syd Barret’s from the early Pink Floyd days. The vocals are spacey, shoegaze and all-in-all a joy to listen to. However, the rhythm section really does it for me. The drums and bass are so dynamic, so fluidic and I can’t even begin to imagine how these lads came up with them.
The last three tracks on the album perfectly capture the theme and sound of Old Man Soul Club.Polythene Pam covers the Blues Rock side of the band with the more concrete sounds. It even gets the Brit Pop sound in with the grungier tones on the guitar, the piano in the background, and the lovely husky voice to go with it. Foolish Man covers the spacey vocals with slowed down tempo and Country Blues guitar. Considering it’s a first take as well, it sounds just as good as an album version, perhaps why it made the cut. It is also my favourite track on the album. We finally end the album on Sundays Song, a track that is reverb and piano-heavy. It’s also the slowest track on the album, an instrumental and extremely emotional.