The Lu­cid Dream

★★★ Ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion HOLY ARE YOU. CD/DL/LP

Mojo (UK) - - Electronica - Andy Cowan

Carlisle’s as­tral trav­ellers’ de­ter­minedly groove­fo­cused fourth al­bum.

To dial down the dark­ness from 2016’s Com­pul­sion Songs, song­writer Mark Em­mer­son went back to ba­sics, writ­ing on a Roland 303 bass synth and 808 drum ma­chine. It proves rev­e­la­tory, fil­ter­ing his band’s psy­ch­spooked garage rock through a UK acid house fil­ter. It hits max­i­mum im­pact on Alone In Fear, whose mono­lithic beats and puls­ing three-note synth squig­gle make way for an en­raged Brexit polemic redo­lent of XTRMNTR-era Pri­mal Scream. The flick­er­ing high-end riff of old school party starter SX1000 (parthymn to an early en­try-point mono synth) is equally in­fec­tious, while the two-part Zenith wit­nesses them try­ing a loose-fit­ting Mad­ch­ester groove for size. Mixed with slabs of mourn­ful dubby melan­cho­lia, plen­ti­ful melod­ica and heav­ier gui­tarthrash, it finds them sculpt­ing fresh forms from their in­flu­ences rather than merely paint­ing by num­bers.

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