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Bloc Party for jazz fans, to be stupidly reductive
on 6 April 2009
Produced by Matthew Herbert, and featuring Hot Chip's drummer, Polar Bear & Acoustic Ladyland's bassist, and someone called Dave who I've never heard of before, The Invisible aren't short on musical chops, and though this is a world away from "look at me, ma!" prog soloing, they're not afraid to show just how well they can play.
As you might imagine from the participants, The Invisible mix up contemporary electronic music, funk, jazz, indie rock, and more, into a sonic soup that's absolutely delicious on headphones. TV On The Radio have been mentioned as a comparison, and that's valid, as is the last Radiohead album, and, perhaps, Bloc Party stripped of the inferiority complex that's compelled them to ruin their last two albums by over-egging the pudding.
For those old enough to remember, A.R. Kane are also a serious reference point: the Dave bloke sings almost exactly like Rudi, and there's something in the music's sophisticated eclecticism that recalls that band's work updated by 20 years.
I've had this a weekend and songs aren't jumping out at me for their melodies particularly; appreciating The Invisible is much more about taking in texture, subtle virtuosity, and twisting musicological avenues than it is humming tunes, I think - not that things are at all tuneless or atonal, just not reductively catchy.
Observing any human beings doing something they're very, very good at is a pleasure; The Invisible are very good at playing intricate, intriguing modern rock / jazz /whatever music. Keep an eye, and a couple of ears, on them.