Evangelical peddlers of post-punk exotica, Melt Yourself Down are an unholy communion of North African influences and shamanic vocals with a wanton disregard for their own safety. Formed by saxophonist Pete Wareham, they number in their ranks some of the finest musicians of their generation, with members having played with Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear, Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, Hello Skinny, Zun Zun Egui and Mulatu Astatke.
Melt Yourself Down’s 2013 self-titled debut album was widely acclaimed, an album of the year, receiving significant support from BBC 6Music and securing an appearance on Later… Their second studio album, Last Evenings On Earth, is a dizzying, continent-hopping voyage, darker and heavier than its predecessor.
Frontman Kushal Gaya has become more direct in his writing. Losing several loved ones in the space of a year has lent a greater sense of urgency. And where his delivery once leaned heavily on his native Mauritian/French Creole, he has made a conscious decision to impart his fevered message in English this time around.