Exposé Online banner

Soft Hearted Scientists — Golden Omens
(The Hip Replacement 009, 2016, 2CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-08-13

Golden Omens Cover art

Those psychedelic gnomes from Cardiff are at it again, this time feverishly working in their lab to concoct a double dose of their signature pop-psych music. Golden Omens is an alchemical amalgam of lyrical songs, instrumentals, and interludes divided into four parts across two CDs. Like its predecessor, The Slow Cyclone, Golden Omens is hand made, a bit rough around the edges, and a thoroughly enjoyable blend of psychedelia, baroque pop, gallows humor, folk, and music hall tunes. The songs cover such diverse topics as the atrocities of war; nervous breakdowns; homicidal impulses caused by mindless TV shows like Made in Chelsea and Strictly Come Dancing; the quadruple horse-related demise of Simon Cowell; Seasonal Affective Disorder; outwitting the Sphinx; aging; cops chasing criminals; a theme for a fictional surf goddess; Sabre Tooth Tigers in Bethnal Green; horrors of jellied eels; the call of Welsh mountains; spring’s first blossom; jellyfish resembling sentient chandeliers; and regrets of lost love. Truly nursery rhymes for adults by these masters of the catchy chorus. In addition there are some inventive song titles: “On a Clear Day I Can't Think for Miles,” “Helicopters of Habershon Street,” “51.802294, -3.222266,” and “Cherry Blossom Velvet Vision Shield My Mind from Broken Glass,” to name a few. Despite the outré subject matter and song titles, the music is wonderful and sure to bring a smile to your face. If you haven’t experienced the Scientists before, Golden Omens is a great place to start.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Soft Hearted Scientists, Nathan Hall / Sinister Locals

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Baby Grandmothers - Baby Grandmothers – Baby Grandmothers were a legendary underground Swedish psych trio from the late 60s who performed extensively throughout Scandinavia but only released a single in Finland. The band consisted of Kenny...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues