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Released: 11.03.22

 

 

 

 

 

Taking various twists and turns, math rockers a-tota-so head back from a Covid lock-in looking both refreshed and experimental as they try out new sounds and textures on their second album. 

Using a combination of guest vocalists, the spirit of their debut album remains in the overall feel of the eight songs, particularly with pulsating riff-driven rock (Far Enough) and edgy punk postures (Squirrel Bait) reminiscent of both At The Drive In and Rage Against The Machine. Standouts I Am and Sad Lamps push not only their sound to the extreme, but also combine acoustic guitars with gentle, angelic vocals in a move which maintains the anger of their sound while also disguising it in loveliness; some really interesting artistic choices which pay off handsomely.  

 

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