Hive­mind aA Record­ings ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - BRIAN KEANE

A band named af­ter ac­claimed 1970s Ger­man pro­ducer Conny Plank re­lease a sec­ond al­bum with two dis­tinct halves . . . based on the life cy­cle of a but­ter­fly. Could this Manch­ester in­stru­men­tal trio be any more prog? The suc­cess of Hive­mind lies not only in Plank’s stylis­ti­cally flaw­less nod to lu­mi­nar­ies Yes, Pink Floyd and Camel, but by adding el­e­ments of Mog­wai, Can and even Boards of Canada. The first half dab­bles in post-rock and disco ( Aphidelity fea­tures some se­ri­ous Gior­gio Moroder-es­que synth noodling) with­out los­ing sight of its prog-rock roots. The clean, cin­e­matic strings of Meta­mor­pho­sis (nat­u­rally) sig­nal the start of the al­bum’s flip side, a stronger, in­creas­ingly co­he­sive set of lighter, ab­sorb­ing tracks. Like its sub­ject mat­ter, Hive­mind crawls be­fore find­ing its wings and, on Khepri, flies to­wards a dra­matic, up­lift­ing con­clu­sion. face­ plankuk Down­load: Dark Web, Moth Lover, Khepri

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