!!! – Myth Takes (Album Review)
Coming on like Hot Chip’s older, sleazier brothers, US discopunk collective !!! (pronounced ChkChkChk) ditch the politics and look-at-me profanity from their third album. Its dense layers and grooves take in Krautrock, Afropop, funk, techno and disco, while vocalist Nic Offer’s occasionally noxious persona is reined in. They even find room for some singable tunes – Must Be the Moon and Heart of Hearts – amid the jamming.
!!! see dance music as a form of psychedelia, so songs such as Yadnus, Sweet Life and the title track work as well on headphones as on the dancefloor. The only problem is that, like the Rapture last year, they’ve made their best album a good three years after the cultural capital of discopunk has been spent. Opps.
(Nick Southall= UK)