WOLFHOUNDS, THE: Electric Music: LP/CD

Sometime in the mid-1980s I heard The Wolfhounds’ “Anti-Midas Touch” on the John Peel Show. I still love that song but for some reason I never really followed up on the band until recent years. Joy of joys, the band has returned and Electric Music represents its third long player since its reformation. This album reflects a band which is kicking indie music into a modern direction without losing track of its roots. There is more anger within the lyrics—and even though musically it’s a melodious offering—beneath the surface the band creates an undertow of noise as a counterpoint. It’s hard to pigeonhole Electric Music into a specific genre as it’s just a bunch of well-written and varied songs from the seven-minute, relaxed sprawl of “We Don’t Believe Anything” to “Song of the Afghan Shopkeeper (After Ben Judah)” with its bhangra vibe courtesy of a Punjabi MC sample. The Wolfhounds are definitely indie’s top dogs. –Rich Cocksedge (A Turntable Friend, aturntablefriendrecords.bandcamp.com)