Sandpit : Prototype
By Simon Sweetman
This is Sandpit’s second album so the prototype was, arguably, established with ‘Acoustic Energy To Electric Power’, although this sophomore release does move away from the more pedestrian/traditional rock feel to embrace the electro-pop feels that were established with the debut. So it’s less a prototype and more of a re-write. There are some cool grooves and textures here – right from the opening title track which skips, frenetically, across a driving beat and is not a million miles from some of Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz material. It soon opens up to explore a robotic rock feel – guitars fighting for space. It’s an album that has some strong moments but just as often it’s fruity and feels forced. The album features Kirsten (who seems to have no last name) on backing vocals and brass, to complement the one-man-band vibe.