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When asked to describe their sound to the uninitiated, one might place moody, dystopian rockers The Agency… somewhere between The XX, The Doors and Nick Cave. It’s no surprise then, that the dulcet Newcastle collective’s third album, In The Haunted Woods, heightens such comparisons despite offering a more diverse timbre than preceding instalments For The Brave And Troubled… (2012) and Of Ghosts (2014).

Pleasingly, the metamorphosing nature of album opener Numb is testament to this desire to experiment. Drawing on classic hooks and jarring, pacey twists, at times Numb almost feels like two songs combined, painting an undulating picture of joyful breaks in the cloud of one’s mind. While Numb remains the pick of the bunch, it’s a close run thing and indie rock single Defender thrives on a more consistent pace. Even so, the reflective sobriety that drives this collective’s success is a sentiment that echoes throughout the album.

Soothing and sorrowful in equal measure, In The Haunted Woods is infused with a trademark sombre crooning that will delight long time followers of the group. For those whose interest is piqued, you can grab the album on all streaming services (and CD) come 23rd October but if you can’t wait that long, the first single, Defender, is already available to stream.

The Agency… release In The Haunted Woods on 23rd October

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