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Warp Records

Released: 07.05.21

 

 

 

 

Squid’s long-awaited debut refracts the anxiety characteristic of postmodern British life into a cryptic pastoral landscape, full of bright interlocking guitars and playfully shouted vocals. As Ollie Judge shouts about weather patterns and sweaty sheets, often in full David Byrne mode, it feels like these chewy aphorisms are stand-ins for something weirder and darker.

If you like Talking Heads or The Fall you’ll probably like this, but Squid have managed to avoid the banal hero-worship characteristic of so many modern post-punk bands; volatile strangeness constantly frays the edges of this music, with songs veering off into brief dissonant frenzies or concluding with counter-intuitive diminuendos instead of the standard big climax. It’s guitar music pushed in surreal, vivid directions, and it’s engrossing.

 


 

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