Sunbutler is the second instalment from Joe Howe and Momus, the first being the 2008 release Joemus. Written by two Scots, one in Scotland, the other in Japan, Sunbutler takes a look over its shoulder and has a cheeky nod and a wink to 80's pop and dance music. Only this is dirty. This is sleazy. This is what we expect when Momus gets his sticky paws into something. This is what Momus does. What Momus does best.
Doghouse opens with "You can't say nothing about window shopping, street brings the bootie but i'm only looking."
Doghouse has a very Grandmaster Flash feel to it, and that feeling drops in and out throughout the album.
Along with Glitterships, Oriental Lothario is the stand out track. Beautiful music tickles the ears, while Momus gets into character lyricaly, how only Momus can.
Glitterships arcs back to to his Voyager album. Futuristic and dreamy. He gurggles "Speak to me in anguish, now you speak my language." It conjures up images of floating through space, lost forever, out of time.
This album straddles styles and decades. At times it is very reminiscent of early 80's experimentalists Ludus.
Only a handful will appreciate Sunbutler. Having things to say is a lonely game. Albums like this, and artists like these two luminaries, don't come along with any kind of frequency. But when they do we would be fools not to take notice. We won't always understand, but we should try. We should try to digest at least some of what Momus continues to offer up.
Sean. Kippax. Leeds.