This is a review of "Hungry Wise" recorded by Jumpcut. The review was written by Dan Pullinger in 2002.
Jumpcut describe the opening track of their debut single release as "a pop tune and as such a blatant attempt to crack the Top Ten", but it can safely be assumed that this is tongue-in-cheek optimism from the instrumental three-piece. Indeed, opener Comes and Goes is a flowing, layered synth number, almost sci-fi in its artificiality, that is unlikely to have the screaming pre-teen hordes breaking down the doors of their local multi-national record store. Second track 19 Stars, meanwhile, is an understated, chilled-out number that, while demonstrating the trio's creative range, lacks any real edge.
The title of the third track, "Hey! Not So Fast Poindexter!" might conjure up thoughts of cheesy 80s Brat Pack movies and their associated soft-rock soundtracks, but in fact Jumpcut offer a bizarre, spritely piece, led by dramatic piano-playing that would be better suited as an accompaniment to a tragic art-house flick from the silent era.
Final track Free Falling Forwards is supposedly an accidental creation by the band, brought to life during a recording session. Undoubtedly the strongest track on the album, despite a whopping running time of 14 minutes, it gives a nod to some of the Chemical Brothers' finer moments. After a decidedly quiet six minutes, punctuated only by what seems to be the sound of distant thunder and chirping crickets, the track springs dramatically to life with a combination of looped keyboard squawl and drum rolls, with a little bit of dirty bass guitar noise thrown in for good measure.