What does it sound like?:
During last night’s Tim’s Twitter Listening Party for Kompromat, the host asked for four-word reviews of the album. One of the tweeters came back with ‘Electronic Gothic Social Commentary’, which just about sums things up. The country’s most criminally overlooked band (copyright: me) have a history of making records that simultaneously surf the zeitgeist while at the same time maintaining a timeless quality. Their last album, The Shallows, found them exploring the interface of humanity and technology. On Kompromat (the word meaning compromising material used for blackmail and / or political ends), they let loose on a post-truth world of Brexit, Trump, Assange et al. Thankfully it’s not nearly as on-the-nose as I’ve made it sound, but it’s still very much an album of its tumultuous time.
Broadly speaking the music is electronicky post-rock, the epic sweep of past albums replaced by a claustrophobic, paranoid feel. Brian Eno said of Iggy’s The Idiot that the production is like being encased in concrete. On Kompromat the feel is that of the dimly lit interrogation room. Meanwhile, lyricist David Martin has a habit of stringing together aphorisms in a way that lends them an intimate quality, » Continue Reading.