Label: Melodic Release date: 06/09/10 Link: Myspace Buy: Amazon When Working for a Nuclear Free City came to Los Angeles two years ago I went to see them, but didn’t know it was them until they fired off finale 'Je suis le vent'. I, like too many music listeners today, often circumvent the tedium of a full-length by just relying on what’s most popular on iTunes. Also, in this case, the 29 song track list for Businessmen & Ghosts was a bit too ambitious, and seemingly soaked in ego at over an hour and forty minutes. I was unaware, at the time, of the former session group’s inconsistencies, and their unapologetic lack of continuity. So, a late arrival had me assuming the assemblage of fair-skinned men overflowing from Spaceland’s tiny stage was one of about forty openers scheduled that evening. For the second time here in the states, WFANFC has dumped a healthy hoard of diverse material at our feet, and asked that we sift through and pick out something we like. It was more than pleasing to find The Jojo Burger Tempest has been structured with the same sort of blunt simplicity as Businessmen & Ghosts, as demonstrated by a second disc needed to house the half-hour title track where every last piece of scrap audio is exhaled at us. Wikipedia describes WFANFC as a 'English music band' and I think that’s the best I can do as well, because any efforts placed towards genre classifications here would be wasted, but I can say My Life in the Bush of Ghosts has clearly been an influence. After eventually exploring Businessmen & Ghosts track by track, I found a catalog suited for soundtracking every stage of the bipolar spectrum. Once again, upon digging into The Jojo Burger Tempest, I was immediately enamored with the same, seismic divergences. 'B.A.R.R.Y' is an effervescent piece of dream pop backed up against 'The King And June' and blaring feedback that would make the Reid brothers blush. With its difficult-to-define dream-pop twist on Boards of Canada, I predominately prefer WFANFC ‘s quietly regal electronic material. 'Autoblue', and 'Float Bridges' are gorgeous examples, and you’ll be hearing them as poignant movie music in the very near future. The enthralling instrumentals of songs like 'A Black Square With Four Yellow Stars' may be why people classify WFANFC as “post-rock”, but don’t believe a word of it. The following track, 'Faster Daniel Faster' is noisy like a No Age number, complete with drowning vocals. A Working for a Nuclear Free City record is a nice piece to have in your audial arsenal. Diverse, dramatic, and practically pretense-free, The Jojo Burger Tempest is another long exploration project that will yield as many shuffle surprises as its predecessor. Photobucket