Albino is an urban folk and alt folk/country band based in London, but with band members utilising beds ranging from Elephant and Castle to Cambridge. The singer is half-Australian, the bass-player half Somalian, the drummer is Scouse and the Bazouki player from Hampshire. By day they’re a bunch of pen-pushers and data-jockeys but at sunset transform into whisky obsessed urban folk musicians.
New EP “Brand new Fear” sees Albino working with ex-Death In Vegas guitarist turned producer Ian Button (whose production credits include Mary Epworth, Go-Kart Mozart and Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby).
Brand New Fear’s tale of a frustrated commuter’s slide into paranoia is underscored with a jaunty oompah accompaniment that masks a genuine air of righteous anger. It’s catchy, clever and you’ll end up singing it as you plot to quit your job every Tuesday. Described by one reviewer as ‘luscious English grubbiness’. Meanwhile We Have Been Restored is a gospel track about the re-evolution of human life in a post-Apocalyptic wasteland . Given the subject matter it’s unexpectedly joyous. If the Monkees and Philip K Dick had a baby, this song would be it. Solarman is a Vodka-soaked drunken paean to the memory of space explorer Yuri Gagarin. Peppered with choral voices, subtle brass, Russian voices and electronic bleeps, it’s ambitious, beautiful and strangely moving.