Release Date: May 25, 2015
Record label: Kscope
Bands who have endured for long enough to reach a fourth album often face a tricky conundrum – how to develop their sound, approach and ideas without sacrificing the qualities that make them distinctive? Sometimes this leads to uncomfortable reactions to previous albums or to abrupt shifts in direction. The best artists manage to achieve some sort of natural, comprehensible evolution that attracts new listeners as well as satisfying longstanding admirers. It is this that Sweet Billy Pilgrim, one of the UK’s most adventurous and consistently engaging bands, have achieved with Motorcade Amnesiacs.
Overdue return of home counties quartet. SBP looked set for a commercial breakthrough after 2012’s Crown And Treaty, a minor masterpiece of fine-tuned art-rock with ambient interludes and great tufts of prog. It never quite happened though, to the extent that creative hub Tim Elsenburg even considered quitting altogether, weighed down by disappointment.