Download of the week: Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Those Leicester lads Kasabian first flew on to the scene way back in 2004 with their self titled album, bringing with them a a sound heavily influenced by the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses. But they managed to set themselves apart from their neo-post-punk contemporaries with an amalgamation of dancefloor rhythms, electronics and rock ‘n’ roll.


Bohemian imagery aside, their third album is a blend of classic 90s “mad for it” or “have it” material a la Happy Mondays, glam-rock, gypsy violins, Primal Scream-esque songs… oh, and Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding, who plays a dippy vampire slayer in the video for Vlad the Impaler.The album has been helped along by Gorillaz producer Dan the Automater, revealing the band are willing to get a bit more experimental with their sound.

Apparently, the  album is intended as the soundtrack to an imaginary movie – one that involves a priest, Napoleon, Henry VIII and a fortune teller occupying The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, perhaps?

You’ll find their new album hanging out at Digital Seven for the bargainous price of £5.

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