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Disappears : Pre Language

I’ve already written at some length about Chicago quartet Disappears (here and here), but I have to admit they push all the right buttons as far as I’m concerned, so it’s only right that I say a little something about their latest album Pre Language. Now featuring (ex-?) Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley as a fully paid-up official member, LP3 finds the band mining the same set of influences as they did on debut Lux and last year’s follow-up Guider: dark psych melodies and shoegaze fuzz, surf guitars, Brian Case’s Iggy-meets-Mark E. Smith bark and – most of all – driving, repetitive rhythms still account for the biggest part of Disappears’ sonic palette. Amazingly, though, they’re still finding ways of making these familiar elements sound new and exciting. The title track bristles with a muscular, Cult-like swagger, whilst the spectre of Fugazi looms large over the bass-heavy grooves of “Minor Patterns” and “All Gone White”, and although there are no fifteen-minute burners (a la Guider’s epic closer “Revisiting”) this time around, the group nonetheless find plenty of opportunities to stretch their limbs and experiment: “Joa” and album finale “Brother Joliene” see Shelley playing the eager-to-please new kid, bridging the gap between Can’s tricky time signatures and Suicide’s rudimentary drum machines, whilst “Love Drug” channels the restless tension of industrial alchemists Throbbing Gristle and legendary dub producer Lee “Scratch” Perry. Listen: “Replicate”

Pre Language is out March 5 on Kranky




About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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