Close Lobsters at Big Takeover

Picking up right where they left off, C86 compilation heroes, Scotland’s Close Lobsters, return with their first new recordings since 1989.

Kunstwerk In Spacetime warps back to the ’80s with two jangling, dreamy, anthemic pop songs that would have played heavily in rotations on “modern rock” radio stations. “Now Time” counters the arguments that all greatness is over with an inspiring “it’s never too late to create” message. Things may never be the same, and that’s probably for the best. Rather than bemoan the loss of change, why not add to the conversation? On the other hand, “New York City in Space” describes a return to the city and all the memories sparked by the changes seen. Both tracks recall the soothing melodies of The Psychedelic Furs, with the pop sensibilities of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Modern English.

Amazingly, Close Lobsters have returned from dormancy unscathed, batteries fully recharged and poised with a successful release of excellent songs. Welcome back, friends.