It's very good (great in fact) to have Great Ytene back. Their debut self titled record was one of 2014's best. Here they pursue darker textures perhaps taking their cure from the concrete grey rock of the likes of Preoccupations. This one was mixed by MJ at Suburban Home who has added his trademark tape delay to the voice. Expect dark billowing avant-rock for bleak times.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 February 2017
Just like life in general Great Ytene have got a lot bleaker since their brilliant self titled debut on Bella Union. 'Locus' follows the loss of a whole album of material down what is described in the press release as a 'wormhole'. It has forced a clean slate though in which Great Ytene have seemingly gone from technicolour into black and white.
Not that this is a bad thing at all. The glorious psych pop of yore has been replaced by driving and intense avant rock which has the clanking chromatic feel of Women or Viet Cong. The title track is an intense affair which ends in a repeated phrase which builds in force until you almost can't take no more. On 'Wanness' spiky chords give way to a thunderous cacophony of dark rock which for what it lacks in melodicism's makes up in sheer brutality.
It could be the times or the all pervading influence of Women and the post Women bands but there is an enormous amount of this stuff about at the moment and Great Ytene are up against a host of nihilistic clankers doing various grey shades of the same thing. But taken on it's own terms this is a vigorous slab of post punk to get you through any more misery the world can throw up.
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