Isolation Culture could signify the moment that Jonathan Clancy and his merry troupe peek over from the underground. Their brand of charming yet dark guitar pop has here been produced by a mixture of MJ (Hookworms) and Stu Matthews (Beak) giving it that all important mid-fi sheen that brings to mind Deerhunter.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 06 October 2016
Thanks to the lovely people at Maple Death records I'm now able to listen to this in it's entirety. I can only apologise that their generosity hasn't enabled me to pump from a 7 to 8 as I suggested in my earlier review. I'm sticking with a 7 but it doesn't mean I dislike the record. We must remember when Phil moans at me for awarding albums 7 that 7 =good. This is a good album.
Anyway enough of our office politics. It's certainly a very worthwhile second LP from this worldly four piece. The title track is spot on excellent showcasinthe kind of dark mysterious indie rock with weird chord changes that Deerhunter don't make anymore. 'Uranium' is a electronic krauty piece that recalls Broadcast and later era Portishead with a motorik groove and some deeply odd vocals drifting over the top. 'Pale Fear' kind of melts these two sounds together with scratchy guitar competing with unusual drum textures and a big fat synth slathered over. Production is split between MJ (Hookworms) and Stu Matthews (Beak) and if that doesn't give you an idea of where this is coming from, nothing will.
In fact having listened to the album in it's entirety Deerhunter are constantly the reference point. Thing is - His Clancyness also do those plodding ballads Deerhunter have made their speciality over recent years as well as the thrilling visceral rock. The upbeat moments are what I like best here, other than the aforementioned album highlight title track, 'Xerox Mode' is also a propulsive slab of indie rock with a few Women influences and closer 'Only One' has the Neu-ish kraut pulse. Of the less speedy tracks I like His Clancyness when they are stranger as on the muffled distorted mystery pop of 'Nausea' that wavers and tumbles as if being played in a rowing boat.
His Clancyness are a deeply odd proposition unafraid of some rather jarring chord changes and oddball vocals. They make inventive indie rock that very often hits pay dirt.
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