Single review: Kaputt – Movement Now

Kaputt, the Glasgow-based DIY sextet, are back with new single ‘Movement Now’. Post-punky and twisted, it’s a visceral and direct reaction to the wilful intransigence and neglect of the guys (it’s mostly guys, let’s be honest) that refuse to budge.

Their sound on ‘Movement Now’ is a significant departure from previous album Carnage Hall’s B52s-and-Talking-Heads-together-stepping-through-the-broken-jazz-carnage-of-a-destroyed-Sauchiehall-Street sound. It’s, almost unbelievably, more intense this time round. While the track is focused, taut and danceable, you get the feeling that it could gloriously unhinge, snap and spill when played live. Chrissy Barnacle’s saxophone lures and punctuates. The pre-chorus is cartoonish, and while the rhythmic repetition of the track’s title almost aims to trip up the listener, on further plays it acts as a wide-eyed respite.


The track touches on the growing authoritarianism of the Tories, especially their attitudes to refugees and immigration. This sense of quietly gathering fascism, like racist soap and hair in a plughole, is confronted in the song, as the listener is met with monotone vocals from Cal Donnelly, lend a sense of impending doom. ‘Movement Now’ is a macabre, punky, political banger which operates as an instruction, as your toe taps, ribs break, and your head bops.


‘Movement Now’ is out now via Upset The Rhythm


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