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The Invisible The Invisible Review

Album. Released 2009.  

BBC Review

Enough to captivate the minds of even the most desperate souls out there.

Lou Thomas 2009

Since the 21st century truly began The Libertines took the plaudits as angry romantics and dirty urbanites that name-dropped grimy parts of London, while Klaxons pushed things forward in a musical sense.

Neither of these bands said anything interesting politically, but at least their tunes reflected the noise and chaos of the city.

Now, in 2009, tense capital-dwellers and others beside have The Invisible to revere. Surprisingly little hype has surrounded the worthy trio thus far, but this debut will soon bring the spotlight upon them.

Like the capital itself, this debut is a rich, dense, complicated work that becomes more appreciable with each return visit.

The first time round, it's easy to miss Climate Revelation, buried near the end of the album. It begins with a sound like a drumkit falling down an elevator shaft and is swiftly coupled with piercing riffs like ice melting on sheet metal.

Vocalist Dave Okumu intones, "Temperatures rising but we stand around with our hands over our eyes". Environmental worry never sounded so good.

Meanwhile, Tally Of Souls, built around a sparse acoustic guitar part and lonely vocal, is a song that refuses to trade in faith-related lyrical simplicities. "Religion as a product/ subverts your instinct to engage... we'll create ways to exist when faith becomes obsolete". What this means is for listeners to interpret in their own way, but certainly marks The Invisible down as leaders not followers.

It's not all seriousness on The Invisible. There are songs about love and women, most remarkably London Girl and OK. Though it is worth noting that this pair of remarkable Prince via TV On The Radio numbers are as sad and longing as they are cool and funky.

It's refreshing to hear a consistently intriguing first effort made within the M25 that shimmies between experimental and pop so fluidly (thanks in part to the sparkling production work of Matthew Herbert).

This group have created a towering work that's enough to captivate the minds of even the most desperate souls out there. In these troubled times, that's far more than enough.

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