Ev­ery­thing Ev­ery­thing

Man­cu­nian quar­tet push the synths and gui­tars harder.

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Over four al­bums, Ev­ery­thing Ev­ery­thing have grad­u­ally ex­panded their brainy art-funk into a sound that is more cin­e­mas­copic. For A Fever Dream, they’ve drafted in James Ford – a pro­ducer equally adept in the fields of elec­tron­ics (Depeche Mode) and rock (Arc­tic Mon­keys) – for their tough­est record yet, peak­ing with the grind­ing gui­tars of Run The Num­bers and the glit­ter-heeled glam stomp of De­sire. Lyri­cally, singer Jonathan Higgs re­peat­edly takes the pulse of the world in so­cio-po­lit­i­cal terms and is dis­turbed by the re­sults: Ivory Tower lam­basts hate­ful, far-right Brex­i­teers; Big Game play­ground-taunts Trump with the words “Some­one’s gonna pull your big trousers down and I think you might ex­plode”. If Higgs’s head some­times seems in dan­ger of over­heat­ing, he ac­knowl­edges this in White Whale, des­per­ately hop­ing that love might di­vert his thoughts from the “bad things”. None­the­less, this is po­tent, fre­quently ex­plo­sive stuff. Tom Doyle

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