Showing too much restraint on their latest release
When the astonishing curse-core minimalism of ‘Silver Spell’ first charmed our ears, it seemed to bode a dark and daring new departure for the Glasgow gang’s fourth album. It turns out to be a sly feint, sadly. Where they have branched out on this JD Twitch-produced noirfest, the cold Siouxsie And The Bansheeisms of ‘The Model’ and ‘Origin’ are less than revolutionary.
The more familiar-sounding songs, such as ‘Rose Red’, though, do sound even tamer in comparison. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t, it seems, but never sounding damned enough.