Manchester based kooky rockers Fantasist are back with their second album, also called Fantasist. Whilst there are sprinklings of Smashing Pumpkins and Primus lurking in the depths of Fantasist’s music, they really have carved out their own unique sound which is rare these days.
Whilst there are no real weak tracks on this album, some definitely stand out more than others. “Grim Fandango” takes me back to my teenage years, sitting in my bedroom listening to music whilst staring at posters of rockstars that would never be mine/pining over some boy that broke my heart with its slightly melancholy chorus. The harmonies in the chorus are stunning and really do stab you in the heart.
Drugstore Cowboy is a southern rock tinged ode to… well I’m guessing a drugstore cowboy ha ha. I definitely hear a hint of The Fun Loving Criminals in the verses to this. Star of the show for me on this album has to be Thump. The bassline on this is a thing of wonder. The way the song moves from the delicate yet frantic fret tapping bass line to heavy distorted guitars without sounding like a disjointed mess is testament to the musical ability Fantasist possess in abundance.
Everything about this album is solid. If you like your rock groovy and full of wicked bass lines then Fantasist really are for you. You’ll be humming these tunes for months to come I guarantee it.