With Love on My Mind – the six song mini-album, mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Tennis, Parquet Courts, Johnny Marr) – Bambara condense all the energy and darkness that have made them so compelling and rearrange it into something defiantly new. Opening track, Slither in the Rain, all hissing high-hat and spectral synthlines, is a true statement of intent. It’s minimal and atmospheric, foregrounding Bateh’s raw vocals as he introduces one of Love On My Mind’s main characters years after the events of the album are over, a lonely man who throws bottles at airplanes and dances a two-step in the pattern of a figure-8. While Bateh has always been adept at character sketches, tracks lke Slither introduce a newfound vulnerability that runs true through the entire album and cause the songs to hit on a more human level.
Taken together, Love on My Mind amounts to another massive step forward for Bambara – the boldest thing they’ve ever done – and the sound of yet another breakthrough.