TOOTHLESS RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM
THE PACE OF THE PASSING
TODAY, JANUARY 27TH [ROSTRUM RECORDS]
THE ALBUM FEATURES TOM FLEMING (WILD BEASTS),
MARIKA HACKMAN, AND THE STAVES
RELEASES BTS VIDEO OF
“‘Sisyphus,’ a song that’s perkier than a parakeet on fleet” — NOISEY
"The effect is something like one of Sufjan Stevens’ early folk-rock epics transposed into his mid-career digital phase — only smoother, sleeker, and more propulsive.” — STEREOGUM
“contemplative solo debut… it is an album of unashamed intellectual ambition that ruminates upon the individual’s place in the universe and the passing of time” – Q
Toothless is the new project from Ed Nash, bassist for Bombay Bicycle Club. His debut album The Pace of the Passing released January 27th via Rostrum Records. To all intents and purposes, Toothless and his debut record has been carefully conceived by Nash. Everything up to and including the album’s artwork ties into the central themes that run throughout the record including astronomy, myths, and, naturally, the passing of time. In addition to the album, Toothless also releases a BTS video for the track Sisyphus. Click HERE to view, we encourage you to share!
As curious a moniker as it may seem, the name Toothless comes from a Raymond Pettibon drawing. The US artist (infamous amongst the 1980s LA punk scene for his gig posters) drew a tiger biting off a boy’s head with the caption, “Even toothless, she can still bite off a boy’s head.” The idea of something being toothless, but still having bite struck Ed as strangely compelling. Nobody expects ‘side projects’ to achieve very much, especially the side project of a bass player and so the name stuck.
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Despite The Pace of the Passing being very much the mind of one man, Toothless welcomes some friends to assist in achieving his vision. Marika Hackman (Palm’s Backside), Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts (The Midas Touch), Bombay collaborator Liz Lawrence (Party For Two), and The Staves (The Sirens) all add vocal flourishes to the respective songs, whilst Bombay Bicycle Club’s vocalist Jack Steadman shares the production duties with Ed himself.
The Pace of the Passing is a beautifully realized and carefully constructed record. You can hear a delicious sense of leftfield playfulness in the melodies across the whole album, and rather than obscure them with fuzzy noise or layer them up with guitar on guitar, Ed allows them to radiate and glow in their own simplicity. It’s a charm he employs on both “Charon” and “Sisyphus”, the opening tracks, and then weaves across the whole album. Despite endless highlights, it’s an album that deserves to be heard as it was made to be heard, in its entirety. A playlist in its own right.