Instant Wigwam and Igloo Mixture by Go-Kart Mozart – Album Review
by Matt Callard
Lawrence Hayward won’t ever be a household name. But his ten years in Felt, creating delicate, shimmering indie atmospherics have quietly influenced everyone from Belle and Sebastian to The Manic Street Preachers.
Wilfully perverse at times, he is one of pop’s great maverick outsiders. His nineties band, Denim, across three outrageously entertaining albums, attempted to forge a new kind of rock. Far removed from the stale, classic lineage of Beatles, Byrds and Big Star sound-alikes.
“Blurs the boundary between silly and serious”
He failed heroically, needless to say, and returned with Go-Kart Mozart – 16 very short songs of novelty electronica played through a pure-pop siphon that further blurs the boundary between silly and serious.
So ‘Sailor Boy’ is a breakneck sea shanty, ‘Here is a Song’ conventional pop genius, ‘Today’ an instrumental duet with PacMan and ‘Mrs Back To Front’ an utterly bizarre kids’ book narration with operatic choir, swearing, pub singers and a tribute to a shopping centre.
All in a day’s work. Another great chapter in one of pop’s most interesting and unconventional career paths.