MYSTERY SKULLS One of Us ★★★ Warner Bros Records Three
It’s been three years since the hedonistic, youthful fun times of Mystery Skulls’ debut Forever, and the party is well and truly over, lyrically at least. One of Us is Luis Dubuc’s response to a world where private information is easily obtained, where mundanities are recorded and analysed and there is no true “freedom”. A concept album about a couple fighting back against dystopian oppression doesn’t sound like a dancefloor filler, but thankfully One of Us retains the open-hearted silliness of Dubuc’s previous offerings.
Losing My Mind may be a paranoid ode to our current reality, but with its Jamie Lidell-style manic space-house, it’s the kind of conspiracy theory you can twirl to at 2am. The relentlessly repetitive
Music is an anthemic, joyous finale – a welcome antidote to the album’s more sombre moments. mysteryskulls.com JENNIFER GANNON