Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys released another free album via their Bandcamp this week. It was fairly surprising, mostly because they've been extremely busy with providing the music for a version of Shockheaded Peter for the past few months. Recorded as part of the RPM Challenge 2015 (where bands record full albums in 28 days), this might be their oddest release to date for one main reason: It's extremely straightforward. Don't get me wrong, it's still a strange album by normal standards, but for Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys it might as well be a Mumford & Sons album, if Mumford & Sons were dark as fuck. Somehow the subject matter and the sense of foreboding behind a more "normal" musical landscape comes across as even creepier than their typical fare. I miss the more bombastic, heavier songs that accompany their normal releases, but this is still a good solid album, especially for free. It's also nice to see an artist move in a slightly different direction from time to time.
To download your own copy of Hush Fossil, head over to Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys' Bandcamp. To keep track of what they're up to, go to their website.