Black Midi, contrary to their name, are a pretty analog band. The London Quartet have little internet or media presence and built their reputation from fierce, often improvisational live performances (including one with Damo Suzuki of Can), a few of which were recoreded and posted on Youtube by various thoughtful randos. Singer Geordie Greep’s singing voice will inevitably be compared to that of Mark E. Smith, but the group itself has far more chops than The Fall’s thunderous, yet often shambolic post-punk. The group has definitely ingested the depths of the Factory Records and Rough Trade Distribution rosters, but has much more in common sonically with American groups such as Slint, Shellac, and Unwound. "953" starts with a mere harried guitar riff that explodes into fierce hard rock riffage, the track ending with a protracted prog rock breakdown. “Speedway” is a more restrained tune, softly spoken vocals over chiming guitars, “Near DT, MI” is massively dissonant, guitars with necks wrung. Overall, this is a refreshing, headbanging return to the more aggressive and experimental indie sonics of yore. This LP is pressed on black vinyl and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve and printed insert.
- 180g vinyl pressing
- gatefold sleeve and printed inner
- digital download included
- music label: Rough Trade 2019
reviewed by ONE FIVE FOUR 07/2019