Checkmate Savage

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Checkmate Savage
Checkmatesavage.jpg
Studio album by The Phantom Band
Released 26 January 2009
Recorded Chem 19, Blantyre
Genre Indie,[1] folk,[1] pop,[1] blues,[1] post-rock[1] folktronica,[2] krautrock[2]
Length 55:01
Label Chemikal Underground
Producer Paul Savage
The Phantom Band chronology
Checkmate Savage
(2009)
The Wants
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
The List 5/5 stars[1]
Mojo 4/5 stars[6]
NME (8/10)[7]
Pitchfork (7.3/10)[8]
Q 3/5 stars[9]
Scotland on Sunday 4/5 stars[10]
The Times 4/5 stars[11]

Checkmate Savage is the debut studio album by Scottish indie rock band The Phantom Band, released January 26, 2009 through Chemikal Underground Records to critical acclaim.[12]

The album was produced by Paul Savage, formerly of The Delgados.

Title[edit]

According to the band, the album's title refers to: "over-population, dwindling natural resources and the yawning void within every one of us caused by society's unnatural social contracts, and mass sexual repression, means one thing: it's checkmate for the human animal."[13]

Accolades[edit]

In December 2009, Checkmate Savage entered The Skinny's "Scottish Albums of the Decade" list at #28.[14]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
The Skinny Scotland Scottish Albums of the Decade 2009 28[14]

The album placed at number 17 in MOJO magazine's top 50 albums of 2009.[15]

In January 2010 the album was given the inaugural "Soundcheck Award" for album of 2009 by Radioeins and Der Tagesspiegel in Berlin.[16]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Howling" - 6:35
  2. "Burial Sounds" - 4:47
  3. "Folk Song Oblivion - 4:14
  4. "Crocodile" - 7:42
  5. "Halfhound" - 4:11
  6. "Left Hand Wave" - 5:40
  7. "Island" - 8:51
  8. "Throwing Bones" - 5:01
  9. "The Whole is on My Side" - 7:53

Personnel[edit]

  • Duncan Marquiss - guitar, vocals, percussion, fx, artwork
  • Gerry Hart - bass, vocals, percussion, fx, artwork
  • Andy Wake - synthesizers, vocals, samples, percussion, fx, artwork
  • Rick Anthony - guitar, vocals, percussion, fx, artwork
  • Damien Tonner - drums, percussion, fx, artwork
  • Greg Sinclair - guitar, pedals/fx, percussion, artwork
  • Paul Savage - producer
  • Jamie Savage - engineer
  • Kenny MacLeod - mastering
  • Christopher O'Donnell - flexatone ("Throwing Bones")
  • Aztext - design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f The List review
  2. ^ a b Chris McCall, Chris (21 April 2016). "Emma Pollock on Record Labels and Solo Careers". The Skinny. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Review: Checkmate Savage". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  5. ^ The Guardian review
  6. ^ [Feb. Mojo review]
  7. ^ [24 NME review]
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ [Feb. Q review]
  10. ^ Scotland on Sunday review
  11. ^ The Times review
  12. ^ "Chemikal Underground Records - Glasgow, Scotland". Chemikal.co.uk. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  13. ^ [1] Archived January 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ a b The Skinny, Dec 2009, pg 10
  15. ^ "MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2009". Albumoftheyear.org. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  16. ^ "Musikpreis: The Phantom Band gewinnt Soundcheck Award - Pop - Kultur - Tagesspiegel" (in German). Tagesspiegel.de. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2012-02-09.