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  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fantastic Plastic
  • ASIN: B002ZTIILW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Man in My Mind
  2. Cake
  3. Pony
  4. Isle of Ewe
  5. Cacen Mamgu
  6. Glo Ac Oren
  7. Voyage to St. Louiscious
  8. Discopig
  9. Man in My Mind (In a Party Near You)
  10. Scooter
  11. Intergalactic Space Rebellion
  12. Captain Penelope Smith
  13. Marged Wedi Blino

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BBC Review

Race Horses are Welsh. They sing some songs in English, and others in their native tongue. They make a tuneful indie-pop sound with considerable psychedelic influences. So you’re going to have to forgive us for comparing them to Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. It’s not lazy; it’s the truth. They have clearly been influenced by their countrymen.

Fortunately, though, Race Horses take the Gorky’s influence and run miles with it, showboating through psychedelia, sea shanties, folk, post-rock, electronica and pop to create a captivating debut full of songs that have been repeatedly bent out of shape.

Singer Meilyr Jones has a Beatles haircut and that band’s way with melody – his fey vocal floats along, picking out breezy tunes. He sounds like Pete Doherty with a Welsh accent and a mischievous sparkle in his eyes. And it’s the melodies that hold the album’s fragmented segments together, the melodies that stick in the mind, and the melodies that make Race Horses a real pleasure to listen to. Without them, they’d still sound clever, but with them they sound charming too.

The playfulness of the music, which jumps daintily between styles almost at random, also carries through into the lyrics, from Cake’s tale of shunning sex for baking – “We love baking all night long, we share our love with everyone” – to the opening salvo of Scooter: “You really p***** me off, I might just shoot your daughter.” And the album is named after Falkenberg, a German sailor who – so the legend goes – died at sea and returns to shore once a century to find a bride.

Like The Coral, Race Horses have harnessed a freewheeling spirit in a bid to escape seaside-town ennui, and the music they make will easily get you smiling and singing along. But The Coral rapidly went spiralling out of control – the true test for Race Horses will be in the longer term, when their wonderful music has transported them beyond Aberystwyth. For now, they are one of the most promising bands in the UK. --Mike Haydock

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Saw these guys live recently at Gwyl Gardd Goll festival and they were fantastic. This album manages to be poppy, experimental and interesting. Although they've taken a few cues from Super Furry Animals, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and (most notably) Pulp, Race Horses manage to make a sound that is completely fresh and original.

If you get the chance to see them live, I strongly recommend you do so. Failing that, this album is a great way to get to know them.

Great summer tunes; this album deserves to be heard!
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The Race Horses are a great live band and their album Cake doesn't disappoint. It has energy, beauty and quirky humour. They are clearly the heirs to Gorky's Zygotic Monkey, although with a bit more adrenaline. At times they seem to be channelling David Bowie. There are a lot of catchy songs on this, including the title song which has the hero seduced into a cake addiction by his girlfriend. Fresh, funny and very, very listenable to.
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This is the best album I have bought this year. This up and coming welsh band combine great energy and creativity with a sound that is both beautiful and eclectic. The melodic tracks provide a great soundtrack for the summer!
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HASH(0x981aed5c) out of 5 stars Fun '60s influenced pop 10 Oct. 2013
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Think Gorkys Zygotic Minci meets Bryan Scary's Shedding Tears. Quiet, noisy, psychedelic, using a variety of conventional and unusual instrumentation, this is a fun time.
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