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Released: 21.05.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing to tread an uneasy space between post-punk, noise rock, industrial clatter and terse dub, Chicago trio FACS drill down further into the void on fourth album Present Tense.

With its languorous, Blonde Redhead-esque melodic pulse, lead single Strawberry Cough might be a stand-out track but also a slightly deceptive one: on the extended, blown out Alone Without or the terse push-and-pull of the title track, FACS push further into negative space and production trickery, blurring the lines between their raw power-trio format and a more free-form, sonics-first approach. If this can leave the album as a whole feeling slightly incoherent, there’s still more than enough on a moment by moment basis to recommend Present Tense as another notch in FACS evolution.

 

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