Artist: My Morning jacket
Track: Highly Suspicious
My Morning Jacket are a band that have made their name sounding like Neil Young fronting the Allman Brothers. This song (from forthcoming album ‘Evil Urges’) is a bit more Prince falsettoing over Funkadelic. Their head-scratching new direction announces itself from the moment the stuttering synth and drum machine intro kicks in, wearing John Travolta’s white platform boots. The other symptoms support a diagnosis of musical schizophrenia: the backing vocal which repeats the titular assertion like a baritone hamster with its cheeks full, the Hammer horror-esque maniacal laughter it breaks down to near the end, the fact that it apparently brings to the surface previouslyhidden ‘hip-hop influences’. Purist fans will react with that mix of bewilderment and devastation that only seems to exist on the faces of small children whose ice cream has fallen from its cone. For the rest of us, a giddy smile will do nicely.