thenewno2's "thefearofmis singout"
- Article by: Jon O'Brien
- Posted: 07/31/2012
Thenewno2 -- (pronounced "the new number two") -- frontman Dhani Harrison has recently found himself at the centre of much speculation following James McCartney’s claims that the various musical offspring of the Fab Four may come together to form a Beatles Juniors super-group.
A concept record about the anxiety which plagues the digital generation, the son of George Harrison’s second collaboration with Grammy-winning sound engineer Paul Hicks, thefearofmissingout, suggests he doesn’t need to participate in such gimmicks to boost his career.
Indeed, whereas most of The Beatles’ lineage have appeared content to ride on the coattails of their famous parents, the follow-up to 2008’s You Are Here could be seen as an attempt to distance himself from the “quiet” one’s musical legacy.
There are inevitably a few reminders of his heritage, such as the shimmering psychedelia of “Make It Home,” the occasional Merseybeat melody and Harrison’s unavoidable vocal similarity to his father.
But Hicks’ experimental soundscapes, all littered with obscure samples, clattering break-beats and woozy electronica which recall the likes of Beck, DJ Shadow and Radiohead ensure that it’s very much a contemporary affair, as does the eclectic guest list which includes the likes of Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, Fields’ Icelandic chanteuse Thorunn Antonia and Californian singer-songwriter Ben Harper.
Restless but still somehow cohesive, “Hanging On” begins as an atmospheric slice of trip-hop before segueing effortlessly into a Gary Numan-esque industrial electro-rock finale. “Staring Out To Sea” flirts with everything from sugary indie-pop to drum ‘n’ bass to twanging alt-country while there are also convincing ventures into expansive post-rock (“Looking Beyond”), trippy hip-pop (“The Wait Around”), and even woozy dubstep (“Wide Awake”).
The children of The Beatles haven’t really made any notable impression with their music since Julian Lennon in the early ‘90s, but perhaps thefearofmissingout could be the record to change that.