ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – O Monolith | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Warp Records

Released: 09.06.23







Squid’s second outing is an assured progressive post-punk masterpiece full of twists and unexpected turns that will surely delight fans of the Bright Green Field looking for a next level grandiose offering. It’s expansive, enlightened, full of designed nuance and delicious noise, it’s also funky on Undergrowth, with its groovy walking contemplation of the spiritually mundane. Devil’s Den is discordant folk horror for the next century, The Blades is world devouring, immense and yet emotionally intimate, while Siphon Song has a Spirit Of Eden energy about it with intricate instrumentation, heady anticipated atmosphere all building up into an angelic syncopated cacophony.

There are many memorable journeys to be had in this Monolith that it’s hard to do them justice here.


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