Led Bib changes direction radically with its new album, It’s Morning. It should change back. The British quintet, which has excelled at making an infectious hybrid of modern jazz, punk, and hard rock for the past 15 years, dials back the skronk, adds vocalist Sharron Fortnam to the band, and rounds out the sound with a cellist, a violinist, a bass clarinetist and, of all people, Jack Hues, the lead singer of ’80s new-wave band Wang Chung.
Nobody’s gonna have fun tonight. This music is bizarre, incoherent, and unpleasant. Fortnam is a talented singer, but her lovely voice is misused here. She often sings in unison with a saxophone or bass clarinet, but there are few logical melodies—the music is, in fact, anti-melodic, an assemblage of seemingly random notes. Three of the album’s nine tracks are inane interludes, and half of the album’s centerpiece, the 11-minute “Fold,” is little more than synthesizer/piano/saxophone noodling.