ALBUM REVIEW: Chemtrails – The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 15.05.20







While the MO of Chemtrails hasn’t changed significantly since they first started in 2016 – a corrosive, psychedelic take on lo-fi garage rock – a recent relocation from London to Manchester has seen them change line-up and, with their second full-length The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable, release their strongest work to date.

Key to this album’s success is how they’ve been able to harness the uncanny valley studio sheen of modern home and DIY recording technology to their advantage – songs like Saint Vitus thrive on a sweetened discomfort that, alongside the high-and-even-higher vocal harmonies of bandleaders Mia Lust and Laura Orlova, ensure that their classicist pop moves land with a welcome bite. Nastier and glossier than before, this sounds like Chemtrails hitting their stride.


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