Sw­ervedriver ★★★★

Fu­ture Ruins ROCK AC­TION. CD/DL/LP

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The Ox­ford noisegaz­ers’ on-go­ing re­union is still an in­spir­ing sound.

If 2015’s I Wasn’t Born To Lose You ten­ta­tively restarted Sw­ervedriver’s legacy, its fol­low-up, Fu­ture Ruins, achieves ev­ery­thing an ad­mirer could ask of the re­united band’s new al­bum. It’s not just how per­fectly the re­con­vened Sw­ervedriver nail their sound – in par­tic­u­lar, the sat­is­fy­ing, mus­cu­lar heft to the riffs be­neath the FX-drenched noise, whether on the heavy stomp of Mary Win­ter or the in­sou­ciant swag­ger of Spiked Flower – but how en­gaged Adam Franklin and band­mates sound with their blue­print, how elec­tri­fied by the pos­si­bil­i­ties re­main­ing within their con­flu­ence of bruised swoon and ram­pant pedal abuse. Be­yond this, though, Sw­ervedriver now pos­sess a melan­cholic, au­tum­nal un­der­tow that suits them like a lit­tle dis­tin­guished grey in the whiskers: the re­signed chord changes of Theeas­cend­ing and its cos­mic noise­play are a ca­reerbest peak. In such mo­ments, Fu­ture Ruins pulls off a canny trick, per­fectly chan­nelling their past, while mak­ing sense in the present

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