9 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pre Language marks the moment Disappears comes into full focus. Merging psych, post-punk, and krautrock styles into one, their third record finds solid footing that gives balance to each facet. The sound's a shade brighter, and the songs are now equal parts Can-inspired grooves and churning rock. There’s a tad more muscle underlying it all, especially in the excellent drumming of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. In fact, comparing the feel of Pre Language to a smoother-edged Sonic Youth isn't far off the mark; many of the tunes transform what might be shapeless murk in a lesser band’s hands into menace with rhythm. The first two tracks are a powerful start, charging steadily on hammered beats, wiry and snaggletoothed guitars quivering with reverb and distortion; Brian Case shouts like Thurston-meets-Iggy to be heard above the din. “Fear of Darkness” moves in a hypnotic groove, slyly building to a tension-filled end, while “Joa” takes a similarly seductive approach, its slinky, spartan beat morphing into a dark and unsettling pastiche of vocal despair and forceful (yet spare) guitar work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pre Language marks the moment Disappears comes into full focus. Merging psych, post-punk, and krautrock styles into one, their third record finds solid footing that gives balance to each facet. The sound's a shade brighter, and the songs are now equal parts Can-inspired grooves and churning rock. There’s a tad more muscle underlying it all, especially in the excellent drumming of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. In fact, comparing the feel of Pre Language to a smoother-edged Sonic Youth isn't far off the mark; many of the tunes transform what might be shapeless murk in a lesser band’s hands into menace with rhythm. The first two tracks are a powerful start, charging steadily on hammered beats, wiry and snaggletoothed guitars quivering with reverb and distortion; Brian Case shouts like Thurston-meets-Iggy to be heard above the din. “Fear of Darkness” moves in a hypnotic groove, slyly building to a tension-filled end, while “Joa” takes a similarly seductive approach, its slinky, spartan beat morphing into a dark and unsettling pastiche of vocal despair and forceful (yet spare) guitar work.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

chrsnorbt ,

First off if you

Might as well get the best…Steve Shelley has made a lot of strange guitar work sound freaking awesome over the years so this band is a perfect fit for him. I don't here them sounding anything close to the Violent Femmes…that band is called Vampire Weekend who also sound like the Talking Heads, the Police and numerous others. They sound a great deal like the obvious Joy Division and Interpol as well as the Horrors and a couple of other bands. I certainly here some Can going on, but, to me, they actually sound a great deal like a 90's outfit called Girls Against Boys, specifically their masterpiece, House of GVSB. Other than that this is a freaking awesome band and though one can play spot the influence all day long with them, they have made yet another stunning album. I don't really care if other bands sound like older bands I love, if they do a good job, it's more like a continuation of something great rather than a crappy band ripping off a good band.

Little Fish By The Sea ,

Somewhat repetitious with a few ear worms

I love branching out and listening to music I don't know about. I don't know anything about Disappears, but I decided to give this album a listen. My personal music policy is that I delete every song that I don't think of as being a "five star song," one that I wouldn't skip if it appeared in shuffle mode. In this album, there are only three songs that I will definitely listen to long-term. The rest of them were very repetitious to me. I tried listening to the album several times, and I just wasn't "feeling it."

CPT LB ,

Grey and static

They seem to be a bit linear in the play style however they vaguely remind me of the Violent Femmes with a touch of darker, overlying, and static tones. I'm only one person though.

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