Australian art-rock combo Methyl Ethel enjoyed some success with their second album, Everything Is Forgotten. They matched dark lyrics with sparkling melodies and songs such as ‘No.28’ and ‘Ubu’ were among some of 2017’s best moments. Now they’re back with a follow-up, Triage. It finds the band in a more contemplative mood than usual.
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"That's not good enough" hollers vocalist Jake Webb over the opening Ruiner therefore writing the review entirely on his own. His androgynous voice is the most interesting thing here, the music being a blustery bland beast that it's difficult to find a purpose for. There's bits of Metronomy (without the charm), Phoenix (without the stellar pop hooks) but what you are left with is a sort of well constructed but extremely forgettable shade of grey and uninteresting music.
To be honest, I'm completely tired of music at this juncture but Methyl Ethel aren't helping. They could start with writing some songs rather than just relying on production values. It's probably not the worst music ever but this morning it feels like it.
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