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Welsh quartet Islet are back with another album of strange experimental lo-fi pop with a deeply psychedelic, hypnotic bent. Last year’s debut album ‘Illuminated People’ was very enjoyable so I’m happy to give this one a go. My first impression is that this is a more fractured, twisted take on leftfield pop than their more immediate and danceable debut, warping their already oddball aesthetic into weird stretched out passages of broken sun-bleached analogue drift; pop songs replete with decaying, wibbling synth drones and strangely detached vocals.
It’s a strangely composed album, with long passages of ambience often bookending the tracks, which gives the impression of a lonesome soundscape of shale and scree out of which the songs protrude like tumbledown shacks. Even at their most accessible, such as the boy-girl indie pop of ‘Elastic’, there’s a defeated and detached feel which brings to mind ‘Neon Golden’ era Notwist or the more downbeat moments on the last Detachment Kit album. The hangdog vibes combined with the unpredictable nature of the music give the impression of those moods when you’re depressed and can’t figure out what you want to do, developing ideas and then losing interest and wandering off to do something else, but rather than annoying me it’s actually making me find the record more relatable. Patchy but intriguing stuff.
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