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Disappears are back with, what is it now, album number four? They don’t have Steve Shelley among their ranks any more nowadays but they’re still peddling that same brand of psychedelic indie rock with lots of repetition and touches of goth and no-wave and krautrock. It’s a very cool combination as usual, quite louche-sounding with a deadpan delivery which reminds me of the guy from the much-overlooked Poison Arrows.
The frisson between coldness and raw emotion kind of reminds me of that band Juno in places if you remember them from about 10 years ago, but Disappears go a bit more repeato on it, draping their songs in cold mechanical post-punky grooves which often bring to mind that band Savages from this year (you probably do remember them) who I’ve warmed to lately after initially being unconvinced, but crossed with Mugstar, and with aformentioned Poison Arrows guy singing.
It’s not bad, really not at all, but even after four albums Disappears are yet to make a record that truly excites me either, opting instead for ones which make me nod my head and gaze into the middle distance and say “this is alright”. It seems like it might be one of those slow burners that you end up using as background music for a while and then one day it just clicks and becomes a surprise favourite (exactly what happened for me with the aforementioned Juno and Savages). In terms of this week’s records, this is leagues better than the Money album but not knocking my block off like Forest Swords.
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