Babal release exciting new album Who Will I Be When I Leave?

Capturing the angst of the 21st Century with Karen Langley’s sharply observed lyrics, laced with the manically haunting guitars of Rob Williams and Jon Sharp on drums (plus guest musicians), BABAL delivers a thought-provoking, barbed performance that defies categorization.


BABAL reveal a dystopian, offbeat view of life; their cinematic, psych/art-rock approach calls up comparisons with Talking Heads, Zappa, Beefheart, Hendrix, Primus, Bent Knee, and Patti Smith among many. 

The band has gathered great responses around the UK and Europe and has also played live soundtracks for Alternative Cinema presentations.

It’s been said

This is a wonderful amalgamation of progressive rock mixed well with Frank Zappa – like experimentation.
Progressive Rock Central

Karen, Rob, and Jon have yet again delivered something out of the norm and very special indeed.
Kev Rowland – Prog Archives

BABAL offers you more than a record, it’s a journey without any barriers or musical boundaries.
Wil – Chronicle

Babal easily switch between dark, light, gray, and dazzling. The band moves seamlessly through improvisation, taut precision, poetic fusion, political satire, eccentricity, and authentic raw power.
Anne-Claire -Mazik

If you want a piece of music to play in the background to a dinner party, then you have come to the wrong place. But, if you want to sit down for an hour and be taken on a magic carpet ride through our fragile existence, with humour, sarcasm, and understanding. If you like great guitar, bass and drums all working together, so tight, you will think it is all the same person. If you like colour and light and meaning, then this is a must have….
Chris Gill – Band of Rain

About Who will I be when I leave?

BABAL has many carriages, and there are many stops along the way; sometimes the train is just too crowded and we have to get off and have a station break; a breather, while we wait for the next connection.

We never opt for the straight-through – it always speeds past, sending clouds of dust and screeching metal particles over us as we sit patiently on the bench, anticipating the arrival of the mystery train that will send us happily on our way, toward the next strange town of tunes. What wonderful places we visit, and are still visiting!

“Who Will I Be When I Leave?” takes us to some eccentric station stops on a network of infrequently used branch lines and complex intersections. Take the BABAL ticket once more, and sit back for the Corkscrew Ride…. we can’t guarantee a return trip; just taking the journey is the goal. X
Karen Langley 2022

Tracklisting

1. 3 Minutes (7.12)
2. Sitting Pretty (6.54)
3. Corkscrew Rider (8.22)
4. Dead End Friends (4.35)
5. The Wolf Slips Up Quickly (6.17)
6. Made Without Instructions (5.00)
7. Baby Wants Freedom (7.59)
8. Doors (12.10)
9. Who Will I Be When I Leave? (3.52)

Total Playtime: 61’57

Lineup
Karen Langley: vocals
Rob Williams: Guitars, synth, bass, programming
Jon Sharp: Drums
Guest artist
Paul Smith: Bass on “ Corkscrew Rider” and “Doors”

Online Shopping North America & South America
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Style: Cinematic, psych, art rock, prog rock

Country: England    

Artwork © Karen Langley, Rob Williams, Lord Iain Hawk, Nick Raybould   
Label: Melodic Revolution Records

Microsoft Word – Babal Who Will I Be When I Leave? Press Sheet.docx

Discography

Who Will I Be When I Leave? (2022) CD, Digital & Streaming
Corkscrew Rider (Single) (2022) Digital & Streaming
Zombie Diary (Single) (2021) Digital & Streaming
Spirit In A Meat Suit (2021) CD, Digital & Streaming
Dreams For Imaginary Puppet Shows On The Radio (2020) Limited Edition CD, Digital & Streaming
Hellish Interlude (2020) Limited Edition USB
Frank’s Lament EP (2020) LP, CD, Digital & Streaming
The Big Everything EP (2019) CD, Digital & Streaming
The Glacier EP (2018) CD, Digital & Streaming
The Circle of Confusion of Tongues (2018) LP, CD, Digital & Streaming

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BABAL – Who Will I Be When I Leave – Melodic Revolution Records

Babal are back with another album which refuses to conform to what anyone thinks progressive rock should be like, with a worldview which puts them in opposition to the majority and they are just fine with that. Although they have a guest who provides additional bass on a couple of tracks, Babal are a close-knit trio who have been following their own musical path and destiny for some years now, staying away from anything which could be deemed to be trendy and instead walking a path less followed. In Jon Sharpe they have a drummer who is never content to sit at the back and just keep time, but rather he needs to be heard and injects himself into the music to be a key part of the arrangements. Rob Williams is a multi-instrumentalist who appears to be at home with whatever he touches, and then there is Karen?… Karen is the ultimate performer living her roles, which are very much part of her, destined to be the center of attention.

With both Rob and Karen suffering cancer in recent years, there was a very high risk that Babal would have to fold, and as it is they have unable to play gigs for quite some time, but there is nothing which will stop the guys channeling the music which is in their blood, and here they have come up with one of their most uncompromising albums yet. Think Talking Heads mixed with Beefheart, experimental Zappa and some punk ethics (as opposed to musical) such as Crass and one may just get close. There are elements of free jazz alongside prog, an edginess which refuses definition and a solid desire never to be pleasant and restful but rather be angular and sharp. This is music which will divide opinions among progheads as there will be plenty who will feel there is too much angst and general weirdness going on while there will also be others who feel this is cutting edge which takes us back 50 years to a time when anything was possible and being progressive meant being different as opposed to rehashing what had come before.

I have become used to Babal by now and knew I would not necessarily enjoy this the first time I played this, even before I put it on, and possibly not even the second, but by the third, there was a smile on my face as Karen, Rob and Jon have yet again delivered something out of the norm and very special indeed.

4/5 by Kev Rowland

Babal – The Big Everything album review – Kev Rowland

Babal – The Big Everything – Melodic Revolution Records

Released at the beginning of 2020, ‘Frank’s Lament’ is the third of the EP’s completing the second part of the trilogy, which will be finalized with the release of the ‘(I’m Just A) Spirit In A Meat Suit’ later this year. Singer Karen Langley suffered a potentially terminal blood cancer in 2019 (she undertook extensive chemo, which was brutal, and a stem cell transplant), and she is now in remission. Because of this, the band has made the decision that all profits from this release will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. The last EP featured just two songs while this one has four, with the opening title cut being the longest at more than 9 minutes. A couple of shorter numbers then lead us into a live version of “Endless Re-Run Society”.

The three EP’s every run to more than 20 minutes in length, combining together to form one full-length album, so perhaps it isn’t surprising they are similar in style, although “The Axe” is quite different to the others with a concentration on Karen’s vocals combined with whirling synths. It makes me think of a very modern folk song in terms of its lyrics and approach, not something I would normally associate with this band. Karen is often using her voice as an instrument, challenging norms, so it is nice to hear her singing with emotion in a more “normal” manner. “Bones & Blood” starts off almost orchestral in fashion, but soon we get the jagged edge and syncopation as Rob and Jon come in to turn it into something quite different. Their music is a combination of performance art, space rock, krautrock, Talking Heads, RIO and experimentation and this all comes to a climax in the live cut which ends the EP. The three EP’s together make quite a set, certainly worthy of an investigation who wants their progressive rock to sound nothing like Genesis.

4/5 Kev Rowland

Babal release Frank’s Lament EP, Part 2c of the Circle of Confusion of Tongues Trilogy

LP Cover Art

Babal releases Limited Edition LP, CD, also available a digital release includes original art by Paul Kopal and Andy White.

All profits from this release to benefit Macmillan Cancer Support charity which provides specialist health care, information, and financial support to people affected by cancer in the UK. 

CD Cover Art

Track Listing
1. FRANK’ S LAMENT 09:31 
2. THE AXE 03:31
3. BONES & BLOOD (new version) 03:45
4. ENDLESS RE-RUN SOCIETY (live) 05:44

In November 2018, Vocalist Karen Langley received a shocking diagnosis that she was suffering from potentially terminal blood cancer. thankfully through intensive, life-saving chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant, she has recovered and the cancer is in remission. 

Our world was turned upside down, inside out, through the wormhole and back again. Everything changed. The focus was on Karen’s illness. BABAL went dark and all energy went into living with the unknown and not giving in to black thoughts. Throughout, Rob carried on getting existing BABAL material produced and put out as well as looking after Karen.

The good news is that Karen is through the worst and is now on the path of recovery. BABAL’s new release came out of all the uncertainty and anguish. So much love and support over the year have kept us going mentally and physically and our music continues to evolve with all perspectives remaining on authenticity and inner creative impulses. 

We are not defined by illness or bad luck or even the past; we meet in the now and are thankful for the continuation that prevails. 

Small things become important and big things happen when you are looking at the flowers. Be ready xx

Enjoy the new music; all profits to benefit Macmillan Cancer Support charity which provides specialist health care, information, and financial support to people affected by cancer in the UK. 

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – WINTER SONGS EP – MELODIC REVOLUTION RECORDS

Nick Katona, head honcho of one of the finest music labels around, is back
with this year’s charity offering. Seven songs by different artists who have all contributed the music so you have the opportunity to hear something very special indeed while also giving back. You see, you cannot buy this EP or download it without contacting the label, who will then send it to you free of charge (this is a digital-only release). All you have to do to get this is to provide proof of helping others. As Nick says, “To receive your copy as a gift from MRR and with the kind permission of all of our contributing artists we ask you to commit a great act of kindness. Send us proof of you donating to your local charity of choice, it can be your time, or tangible goods such as blankets, food or clothing even pet food. Think outside of the box; donate your time at the local food bank, soup kitchen or shelter. Certainly, the hospitals would be grateful for volunteers or donate blood today and save a life.”

I know that most people who think of others do so with no thought of reward or recognition, it is just because it is the right thing to do. Others aren’t aware of how much pressure this time of year can bring to those who are less fortunate, yet whatever society or country you live in there will always be some who are struggling. Not everyone has access to a computer to read this review, not everyone has access to clean water, food, clothing or a place to stay.

Each year at this time Melodic Revolution makes available a release like this, hoping it is a spur for those who are caught up in their own festivities to remind them of those less fortunate. If this release makes you think of that person who has no-one at Christmas or spurs you into buying a few extra bits and pieces at the supermarket to donate, or for you to find where you can volunteer for a few hours, then it has more than accomplished its goal.

It is almost an aside to say this seven-track release featuring Potter’s Daughter, Andrew Colyer, Harlequin Reborn, Don Schiff, Babal and Murky Red and Franck Carducci are an absolute delight. It is a winter album, not a Christmas album, and is a great way to discover “new” bands: a few here are new to me, while others are old friends. Potter’s Daughter even wrote the sublime “This Winter Child” just for this. Christmas is not about eating too much food or drinking too much wine, it is actually about people. Nick said to me “It’s more than just holiday music; it’s about love and hope”. Get out there, make a difference, and then contact the label with proof and in the subject matter put ‘Pay it Forward’, sending it to [email protected]

You will be making a real difference in people’s lives, and while that will always be reward enough, now you can also get to hear wonderful music by amazing people as well.

10/10 Kev Rowland