On “The Physical World” Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F Keeler continue to meld math-rock riffs with distorted basslines on short, sharp and catchy songs. Fans of their first album will find plenty to like here. Highlights include the visceral thrash of “Right On, Frankenstein!”, the earworm riffs on “Virgins” and the urgent electronic wranglings of “Crystal Ball”.
In truth, the album’s sound hasn’t moved on much at all from their debut. But when you sound like no-on else out there, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here’s hoping they hold it together long enough for a few festival appearances next year.
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