Album Review: Underground Railroad – ‘White Night Stand’

Accessible, sinister and ambitious

While this could be Underground Railroad’s most accessible record to date, the devil is always in the detail with a band such as this. The French trio have fully realised a vision that marries tuneful to atonal, old to new, and conventional songwriting with bold invention.

All is not quite what it seems, with dystopian waltzes, space rock and retro-futuristic sounds thrown into the mix to create an enthralling listen, while the Hitchcockian ‘Seagull Attack’, nearly 10 minutes long, judders sinisterly before embarking on a journey that takes in ‘Murray Street’-era Sonic Youth. Proof that ambition isn’t a dirty word.

Jeremy Allen

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