The Weekend Australian - Review
12. Film reviews
BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD Ninja Tune/Inertia
Critics David Stratton and Stephen Romei assess the latest cinematic releases
In a world of indie-rock homogeneity, you immediately notice bands like Black Country, New Road. The British septet doesn’t so much defy genre categorisations as it openly flaunts its music existing entirely outside of it. That much is clear from the outset of its debut album, which opens with a five-minute instrumental melding klezmer, math-rock and roots music. Across six tracks and 40 minutes, the band effortlessly weave dynamics and stylistic tessellations, exuding confidence normally reserved for an act decades into its career. Its unusual melange of swelling violins, beat-poetry lyrics and sprawling guitars ensure there is never a dull or even skippable moment throughout. Guitar bands better hit the drawing board with some loftier ambitions for 2021 if they want to compete.
David James Young