Islet - Celebrate This Place
With their first release Celebrate This Place Cardiff no-wave outfit Islet attempt to assemble a coherent whole from a lot of jumbled pieces. The result is at once invigorating, infuriating and never dull. 'We Shall Visit' starts off with tribal drumming and chants before launching into a full band assault that never really goes anywhere. The weird syncopation and time changes are interesting if not a bit annoying after a while. 'Iris' is a winner swinging from melodious to QOTSA bashing and back again and the hypnotic 'One Of These Worlds' weaves in and out like a psychedelic dream. "Jasmine' is a nifty little instrumental punctuated by cries and moans while final track 'Rowan' slows things down with a hunting melody and soft lulling vocals.
This is a brave mini album from a band who definitely deserve their share of the press spot-light. While still a bit clunky in areas, the roving heaving cacophony of sounds is a pleasant change from the paint by numbers glossy pop rock currently littering our air-waves.