Algiers hail from Atlanta, Georgia, apart from drummer, Matt Tong, who comes from Bloc Party. They mix disparate styles such as post-punk and gospel into one rocking sound. The band also take influences from non-musical sources such as southern Gothic literature and politics. There Is No Year is their third album.
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Christopher Isherwood's novel 'Goodbye to Berlin' is set in early 1930s Germany. Although it mostly comprises light-hearted vignettes, Isherwood includes a tangible sense that something huge, unstoppable, and evil is about to happen (because it was). Perhaps this is an exaggerated, even ill-matched, reference to make, but that book sprung to mind when I was listening to Algiers' new album 'There Is No Year'. 'There Is No Year' comprises eleven pop bangers that are in constant anticipation of something. It's a state-of-the-nation address, packed with references to "lighthearted violence", the "future self", and "enemies".
On this record, Algiers are always swaying on the edge of a real descent into evil. 'There Is No Year' always knows when to hold back, which is why it's as tight as a drum. Crescendos build then fall back, and there's never real resolution. For instance, the rumbling crash at the end of 'Nothing Bloomed' could be a funereal knell or a war drum. Although the disco strut of 'Dispossession' and plodding industrial menace of 'Nothing Bloomed' always threaten to hit, they crucially never do. It makes for an album mired in a gorgeous, constant sense of anticipation. The grand, regimented arrangements seem to contain (but not lessen) the aggression of talismanic fronmtan Franklin James Fisher. As Fisher sings on the titular track, "we're getting ready for the sound", a perfect encapsulation of the album's apocalyptic feel.
'There Is No Year' struts into 2020 with a gimlet-eyed swagger. It's unclear whether Algiers are instructing you to lay down arms or take them up, but they certainly sound superb. Please don't get the impression that this is a political record with a capital 'P'. 'There Is No Fear' is about as far from Idles and Billy Bragg as it's possible to be. Politics is just one of many themes delicately weaved into the music, less structuralist geometry and more multi-layered, deconstructed, Derridean shimmer.
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