Thumpers hunger for peace of mind on Whipped & Glazed

Whipped & GlazedFor some reason, the new Thumpers album centres around food. We say 'for some reason' because it's hard to focus on lyrical themes when the music is this damn good. One thing is for sure from the promotion alone: oranges, caramel, and the frozen version of the carton drinks you'd buy from the school canteen all feature prominently on Whipped & Glazed.

This reviewer was accidentally sent the demo versions of the songs initially and had a good few weeks to get to grips with them, so let's start with the production. The album's superiority is made all the more real by the fact band member Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. recorded many of the tracks at home, and by the looks of Facebook, sometimes in the garden. The demos were already above standard. The final version of Whipped & Glazed is excellently produced with layers and layers of effects that are composed in a way that doesn't drown out the actual melody. From the crunchy thud of "Gargantua" to the choral attack on the second single "Boundary Loves"; the pairing of production and direction of style on this 10-strong release is impeccable.


With all that going on, it's no surprise Pepperell and Hamson Jr. weren't alone in the recording studioThey had an unearthly being on their side. Or they must have, to have come up with Whipped & Glazed. Unlike debut album Galore and between-album EP Unkinder, which is littered with appearances from artists including MS MR and Summer Camp, our intrepid Googling has come up with exactly diddly squat when it comes to collaborations on Thumpers' second attempt. The guys are going it alone, but that hasn't compromised their ability to build a wall of music that sounds like it took an army to build.

Perhaps the loneliness got to them because, despite all the sugary references, Whipped & Glazed tastes like self-deprecation. The album is littered with metaphors for male insecurities through gentrification ("Boundary Loves"), failed relationships ("Caramel", "Shot Through"), and just general anxiety ("World Removed"). Thumpers turn to tongue-in-cheek humour and savoury themes (such as breadsticks) to represent their tumultuous world, and it's a good thing, too. This material needed an injection of fluffy things to avoid total stressed chaos. It's not like the theme of food is totally of course: whether it's from over indulgence or a perpetual lack of it, Whipped & Glazed has the word 'guilt' stamped permanently on its forehead.

With most of the songs underpinned by a dark, brooding tension, if Galore reached the heights of alt pop, Whipped & Glazed is in the basement. This album probably won't sit well with fans who turn to music for uplifting (and mindless, boring) escapism. Anyone who likes fuzzy indie pop meltdowns that last over four minutes with insanely catchy melodies (HI)... Well, get in the boat.

Release: 1st September 2017, True Say Records


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