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The Hemulen
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4 stars The shift from solo "studio project" to a fully-fledged band has done the world of good to Knifeworld. Kavus Torabi's songwriting has hardly been in doubt, ever since his Monsoon Bassoon days, but the addition of permanent band members has really helped to solidify Knifeworld's sound, (crunchy riffs, psychedelic washes of synth and keys and gratifyingly prominent bassoon being particular hallmarks), and push his songwriting to new and giddy heights.

Torabi has never been shy or secretive about his influences, and the keen-eared well-versed prog fan will doubtless catch sonic glimpses of Magma, Henry Cow, King Crimson, Cardiacs, The Muffins and a hundred other bands besides, but this EP more than anything that's come before it, makes it abundantly clear that the only band Knifeworld really sounds like is Knifeworld.

Yes, Kavus and co. are reaching back into the murky depths of prog and psychedelia's past but not in order to copy wholeslae a particular band or style of music - the influences manifest as flourishes, nods and winks and a vague fuzzy vibe. For all their unashamed then-ness, there's something defiantly NOW about Knifeworld. These three songs are brimming over with passion, urgency and a flurry of ideas, each tumbling over and into the next in a mad rush to overwhelm your mind and transport you on some mad, psychedelic journey, with or without any chemical aid.

And deep within that seething, bubbling melting pot of musical ideas lurk hooks and melodies so insidiously catchy that you'll be humming them for months. What might seem baffling and overwhelming on first listen quickly opens out into some of the most joyful, life-affirming, powerful and intense music you're likely to hear this or any other year.

They came very very close with last year's "Dear Lord, No Deal" EP, but with "Clairvoyant Fortnight" it seems Knifeworld have finally come of age.

The Hemulen | 4/5 |


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