Wednesday 10 March 2010, 12:03 | By CMU Editorial
Single Review: Archie Bronson Outfit – Shark’s Tooth (Domino)
With an intro that scratches, itches and etches itself firmly into the speakers, ‘Shark’s Tooth’ marks a glorious new direction for Archie Bronson Outfit with third album ‘Coconut’.
The dirty blues roots are there, but filtered through the Midas-touch fingers of DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy, lending the track a disco-cum-post-punk ethereality and Clinic-esque menace that belies their simpler garage past. Ricocheting guitars duel with ominous handclaps in a sonic distortion of heartstrings and vocals to wrangle out a raw, howling, yet darkly tempered anguish.
There’s a cinematic feel of agoraphobia and purgatorial isolation, yet underneath it all a motorik urgency that lends the track easily to the dance floor. Beautiful, dense and intense, ‘Shark’s Tooth’ is as much of a dangerous talisman as the title suggests. EG