Human Don’t Be Angry, the most recent guise for Malcolm Middleton, finds him flexing his 80s melodic muscles in pursuit of a largely instrumental but hugely entertaining project. Having captivated fans the world over as one half of Arab Strap and then with his slew of wonderful solo albums, Human Don’t Be Angry should be, by those standards, a relatively abstract affair.
What it is, instead, is a bold and immensely enjoyable journey through some pretty spacey 80s terrain: references to Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Back To The Future abound while what vocals there are tend to be in the form of elliptical phrases often spoken by computer.
We don’t think we could have made this sound any more appealing if we tried…
Human Don’t Be Angry was released on deluxe vinyl on Saturday, 21st April exclusively through independent record shops for Record Store Day.
The artwork, designed by Aidan Moffat, reflects the source of Human Don’t Be Angry’s name (‘Mensch Ärgere Dich Nicht’ the German translation for the board game Frustration) and features:
PRINTED INNER BAG
SPECIAL DIE-CUT OUTER SLEEVE
Malcolm’s also convened a rather special live band featuring members of De Rosa (Martin John Henry), F.O. Machete (Paul George Mellon) and Take A Worm For A Walk Week (Jonny Scott).
On the Human Don’t Be Angry EP…
“Here the Scottish arch-miserablist has succeeded admirably. Substantial and rewarding.” NME [8/10]
“a deliberately dated sample of sonic science fiction… Strangely compelling” The Scotsman [4/5]
“Middleton has made the transition [from Arab Strap] a beautiful, worthwhile and powerful one“ The Line of Best Fit
“Komische-influenced instrumental masterpiece; a captivating, drum-embracing beast” The List
“Although this does come across as a distinct and different musical project, it should please long term fans of his work as well” The 405