POLYPHIA

New Lev­els New Devils RUDE

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Texan tech-wiz­ards weave a rather be­wil­der­ing trap

Hav­ing started their days tread­ing a sim­i­larly pro­gres­sive path as djent peers An­i­mals As lead­ers and In­ter­vals, in­stru­men­tal heavy­weights Polyphia look set to move far be­yond the tech sphere with New Lev­els New Devils. While de­but Muse was full of riff-tot­ing so­los and sopho­more Re­nais­sance a kalei­do­scope of buoy­ant pop grooves, New Lev­els…’ vivid sonic pal­ette paints a scene awash with ex­per­i­men­tal dy­namism. Prov­ing to be the an­tithe­sis of their monikers, Nasty and Bad deftly weave jazzy (djazzy?) freak-outs with vir­tu­osic fret­work courtesy of gui­tarists Tim Hen­son and Scott lePage. Break­downs are re­placed by bass-heavy trap el­e­ments (So Strange) while the dark trip-hop thump of G.O.A.T – which nods to for­ward-think­ing EDM – will have heads nod­ding in uni­son. Some will be ren­dered con­founded, the re­main­der con­verted, for what the Tex­ans un­leash here is glo­ri­ously be­wil­der­ing. FOR FANS OF: CHON, COVET, IN­TER­VALS

SO­PHIE MAUGHAN

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