Simian Mobile Disco have released their latest album, Unpatterns. The album has the familiar Simian off kilter, energetic bent, but this time the bend is particularly sinister.
Unpatterns finds Simian Mobile Disco in a taut and paired down place:Listen to the narrow opening of 'A Species out of Control', which sounds like an army of trumpet playing red ants furiously marching along. Or the coldly elongated vocals on 'Your Love Ain't Fair', a breathless track backed by mock operatic strings lying beside a grimy backbeat. Or the deceptively prickly synths on 'Interference', perhaps the most immediately danceable track on here- but still rumbling with a sense of all control slipping from tightly fisted hands.
The tracks on Unpatterns are longer than previous Simian Mobile Disco releases, and this album is notably absent on guest vocals. The album is noticeably unadorned in surface fireworks, and the joys here are in the careful textures that Simian Mobile Disco create: Raw, ranging, and accessible in the best way: Unpatterns comforts the disturbed, and disturbs the comforted.