Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Appliance : Imperial Metric
West Country electro-maths. Could do better
As with last year's mini-LP, 'Six Modular Pieces', there's swathes of electronica - Warp bleeps, broken-circuit electro-crackles - forging new angles within these stark guitar travelogues. The elements fuse quite marvellously on 'Map Of The Territory', where Pole-like click-beats merge with dubby rock and frantic squiggles.
Yet even the finest examples of the Appliance craft ('Skylight'; 'A Gentle Cycle Revolution') seem oddly hollow when you realise that, essentially, they're moving in ever-decreasing circles. There's undertones of Cold War insanity threading these tracks together, but it's hardly enough. Without the aloof art-skool demeanour that marked their early work - even James Brooks' none-more-abstract paintings on their sleeves were, y'know, something - Appliance are just another troupe of high-minded post-rock paranoiacs.
'Where Has The Space Race Gone?' asks the closing track. Regrettably,
the answer's not to be found here.
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