The albums are two vistas from two emotional locales - Drifters being external, Love is The Devil being internal - that reflect the two facets of authentic lonerism: the perception of the stalwart nomad and the emotional derangement of permanent displacement.
There’s no doubt that Sean Nicholas Savage is a supremely talented songwriter who shows great promise but a nagging doubt remains whether he is truly sincere in his work.
Sandblown and enigmatic, these are English folk songs that at times sound as if they’ve been established in the canon for umpteen years, yet the filter of tradition yields strangely enigmatic results; songs that are readily self-aware, but also conjure something unknown.
Tender but bold and with an array of melodies that strike straight at the heart, it has all the ingredients of a classic Swedish pop album. Bravo.
However, as a whole the EP doesn’t hit the mark. Not only is the only link between the tracks that they are vaguely related to Animal Collective, but within the tracks themselves there are often many ideas out of context with one another.
Each song on Fool Metal Jack is very distinct from the last, bouncing from genre to genre, and a person who didn’t know they were listening to an album by one band couldn’t be blamed for thinking they were listening to a mix or compilation of several very different bands.