Album review: Islet – Wimmy (Turnstile)

Can Islet produce a powerful follow-up to the raucous 'Celebrate This Place'? In a word, yes.

Until recently, Welsh scamps [a]Islet[/a] were better known for eschewing promotional norms than they were for songs. June’s mini-album ‘Celebrate This Place’ was a sonic boom in the face to anyone who might have thought they had something to hide, capturing perfectly the raucous abandon and gleeful exuberance of their seismic live show. ‘Wimmy’ continues in the same mind-bending vein. It’s arguably even better, and suggests there’s much more still to come. True to form, pinning down their ever-shifting sound is tricky – opener ‘Powys’ starts with burbling, [a]Fuck Buttons[/a]-ish electronica, goes a bit [a]These New Puritans[/a] and ends in a hail of percussion and shouting; ‘Ringerz’ is what a [a]Gang Gang Dance[/a] re-wiring of [a]Yeah Yeah Yeahs[/a]’ ‘Zero’ would sound like, while standout track ‘Horses And Dogs’ fuses the best bits of [a]Deerhoof[/a] and [a]Dirty Projectors[/a]. And that’s just the first half, scarily. God knows what they’ll sound like next, but we can’t wait to find out.

Rob Webb

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