‘World’s Strongest Man’ is the magnificent third solo album by Gaz Coombes – and you can listen to, ‘Deep Pockets’, now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
Inspired variously by Grayson Perry’s the Descent of Man, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Californian weed, British woodlands, unchecked masculinity, Neu! and hip hop (and a whole lot more besides), it’s a truly remarkable collection of 11 deeply personal songs each set to expansive, addictive melody.
From the deep soul purge of the title track’ to the coruscating Fripp-goes-motorik sprint of ‘Deep Pockets‘ – which is also a new addition to the Fantasy Premier League playlist -via the gorgeous cyclonic ballad ‘Slow Motion Life‘ and ‘Vanishing Act’s raw-as-hell stream of consciousness panic attack, ‘World’s Strongest Man’ is a bold, ambitious, free-thinking, future-facing rock‘n’roll record.
‘World’s Strongest Man’ is the follow up to 2015’s ‘Matador’ – a record pretty much conceived, recorded and mixed in the studio equivalent of solitary confinement. Following its release, Gaz evolved from ‘the former Supergrass frontman’ to hugely respected Mercury nominated solo artist in the space of just 10 months. That album spawned five singles and was described by Q as “his masterpiece”.
Like ‘Matador’, ‘World’s Strongest Man’ (out May 4 via Hot Fruit/Caroline International) was written, recorded and produced by big Manchester United fan Gaz Coombes at his home studio and at Oxford’s Courtyard Studios (with co-production from long time studio partner Ian Davenport in a working process Gaz compares to what it must be like “editing a novel”).
Gaz Coombes will play an initial London show at ULU on Wednesday February 28, his first since a sell-out show at the Roundhouse in January 2016.