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Portland duo The Body push their sound to yet more extremes on their latest LP. I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer sees the pair bringing in a few collaborators - Assembly of Light Choir’s Chrissy Wolpert, Sandworm’s Ben Eberie to name but two - to beef up their already mighty sound. The resulting record is a brooding, abrasive song-cycle, like The Bug & Earth teaming up with Zola Jesus. Out via Thrill Jockey.

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I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer by The Body
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9/10 Daoud Staff review, 10 May 2018

As someone who’s favourite Fugazi song is the the least Fugazi-like Fugazi song ('Instrument Soundtrack'’s ‘I’m So Tired’ for the record) maybe it’s no surprise that my favourite metal band are not in a lot of ways, not very metal. The Body of course, are a metal band, much like 'I’m So Tired' is a Fugazi song, but the way they stretch against one of the specifically constraining genres makes them so fascinating. As far as the absurd metal family tree goes, these guys have are down as the cousins sludge and doom. But those haven’t been close to capturing what they do since 2013’s ‘Christs, Redeemers’.

Since then they’ve had The Haxan Cloak bring his brand of twisted electronics to ‘I Shall Die Here’, and their version of a pop album on ‘No One Deserves Happiness’. ‘I have fought against it..’ combines these different visions of what the band can be to potent effect. ‘Nothing Stirs’ is baroque pop that slowly transforms into throat-shredding doom. ‘The West has Failed’, as well as being patently true, is an accidental club banger. This is all united through The Body’s utterly unique textures: the combination of noisy riffs, drum machines, woodwind, and glorious vocals

The album ends with a quote from Czech author Bohumil Hrabal talking about living with depression. Samples are a stable within the band’s discography, and though this could be hamfisted, it’s not. The emotions The Body deal with - frustration, anger, sadness - are ones that are often invoked, but rarely with such delicacy, and such power.



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