Here’s one for all those masochistic males, dom-style women and bloodletters everywhere. Melpomeni, a long-serving member of the Mediaeval Baebes and a regular habitue and performer at the now defunct Colony Room, is about to unleash a first solo album of her peculiarly pungent psychodramas. Titled, with characteristic melodrama, “8 Tragedies, 2 Love Songs & A Breakdown” (Lighthouse Records) kicks off with one of the most delicious instant classics I’ve heard in a long time. Titled “I Want Him Dead” (key phrase the Salome-inspired “Bring me his head on a plate”), it’s a song that’ll no doubt prompt plenty of “Kate Bush with a knife in her hands” style hyperbole. It’s certainly been a while since I’ve heard something so spine-tingling, the song’s artery-slicing effect achieved simply with mesmerising piano motif and a voice that positively crackles with vengeance.
But it’s not all broken glass assaults on the nether regions of jilted males. Amid the teeth-baring bile of “Are We Even Now?” and “You’ve Hung The Wrong Bitch”, there’s a barmy cover of Bolan’s “Juniper Suction”, a tender, conciliatory “Swim”, and catharsis on “Let There Be Light”. Out in June/July. You have been warned.