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Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert (bass & synthesizer) and Leo Taylor (drums) have been working together as The Invisible for the last six years, though their musical collaborations stretch back much further. The trio met as teenagers, and, over a decade or so, they crossed over again and again, gigging, jamming, working as session players and supporting each other’s band projects.

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  • Audio CD (11 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B007INKLK6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Terrible things can happen to terrific people. Just ahead of the release of this second LP from Mercury Prize-nominated trio The Invisible, genial frontman Dave Okumu severely injured himself on-stage in Nigeria. He’s out of action for a while, putting the (live) promotion of Rispah on hold. It’s almost as if the opening lines of this album, Generational’s “This is serious / So messed up,” came alive with malignant intent. But to summon a perfectly common cliché: good things come to those who wait. And those who’ve anticipated this follow-up since 2009’s eponymous debut won’t be disappointed.

Rispah is named after Okumu’s mother, who passed away during its writing. It is, palpably, a collection affected by loss – vocals float ghostly in the mix, ethereal atmospheres draped over tender arrangements performed with bewitching poise. This is every second the sound of progress, comparable to Wild Beasts’ discernable development from Limbo, Panto to Two Dancers. And it deserves comparable levels of critical acclaim.

Rispah possesses a proud confidence carried by compositions never cluttered with unnecessary instrumentation – every element serves these songs, with nothing added just because it can be. Even when Leo Taylor’s inventive percussion busies itself, his skills complement proceedings rather than distract from the overall picture. A few tracks feel fairly minimal on an initial listen: The Wall, Surrender and What Happened are pieces of slow-burn intrigue. But repeat listens reveal salubrious textures, tiny details that bring these slight pieces to brilliant life.

What’s most compelling about Rispah, acknowledging the grief flowing through so much of its DNA, is that it feels so very alive: it’s the human retort to the mechanical motifs of its predecessor. Okumu recorded a group of women singing traditional Kenyan spirituals at his mother’s wake, and these voices surface at key junctures of the album’s sequencing: beginning, middle, and during the final seconds of closer and lead single, Protection. To quote Okumu, “it’s the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard”; but these samples comprise just one facet of Rispah’s sublime design. Unconcerned with delivering a more-of-the-same affair, The Invisible have realised a set that is both contemplative and cathartic, maintaining a significant emotional hold on the listener long after finishing.

Okumu should rest up easy. Records like this don’t need to be forced upon the listening public. Rispah is brilliant enough for the listening public to find it naturally, in their own time.

--Nick Levine

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Oct. 2012
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The Invisibles 2nd Album delivers some of the most exciting and cutting edge music to date. Rispah manages to combine both a unique sound and capture the personal struggles and hardships that some of the band members have been through, which can be related to in most people's own lives. This is a challenging album that becomes more rewarding with every listen. One of the best album's I have come across in 2012.
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As the heading of this review states I have no expert knowledge on music so for more detailed reviews it is best to look at the other reviews but if yo want my personal opinion (and that is all this is) then this is a very satisfactory listening experience
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David Okumu follow up album is a master piece. It is rare to see these days such a display of finesse and soulfulness in a record. I can't stop listening to the tracks since they were transferred to my ipod.
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Beauty from sorrow 12 Jun. 2012
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UK trio The Invisible's 2009 eponymous debut was nominated for a Mercury music prize. Their sophomore disc "Rispah" is named after lead singer Dave Okumu's late mom and is released less than a month after Okumu suffered a near fatal electrocution on-stage in Nigeria.

More chilled out and down tempo than its predecessor, think of this like a live-sounding Jazzy Radiohead. Expect no upbeat numbers like "In Retrograde" or "London Girl" from their debut. Opening is the brief chant-filled instrumental "A Particle Of Love" (the voices are actually women singing traditional Kenyan spirituals at his mother's wake, and they appear sprinkled on a few other tracks), followed by "Generational" with the lines "This is serious, so messed up". The tender "Wings" with backwards-sounding chiming guitars is lovely, as is the similar "Surrender". "Lifeline" is a groovy ethereal piece with a falsetto by Okumu.

"What Happened" sounds like a Sci-fi hymn, while "The Great Wound" finds drummer Leo Taylor really busying himself. The trippy aptly titled "Utopia" is a dizzying Jazzy piece, while "The Wall" is a spare and somber ballad awash in electronic flourishes."The Stain" is a floaty ballad, while closing cut "Protection" has instrumentation seemingly going awry but coming together to form soothing harmony, and with a coda comprising tribal percussion and more chanting.

This is a truly amazing effort, and it would be a real shame if the band didn't find a wider audience. Excellent!
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