Another solid effort from the persistently exciters shoegazers
Led by Mark Peters, shoegaze misfits Engineers have been making brilliant records for nearly 10 years now, yet the limelight afforded to similar-sounding bands such as The Horrors has always eluded them. On ‘Always Returning’, their fourth album, they’ve delivered yet again. ‘Bless The Painter’, which spits at a social-media generation obsessed with photographing artworks for their news feeds rather than to admire their beauty, sets a glacial tempo. Centrepiece ‘A Million Voices’ is a driving, motorik synth masterpiece and ‘Searched For Answers’ shows subtle restraint, but the album slips up when it get too blissed out for its own good (‘Drive Your Car’). Even so, it’s about time this lot got the credit they deserve.
Record label: Kscope
Release date: 11 Aug, 2014