Wild Beasts: Present Tense


THE fourth album from the Kendal quartet is their best yet.
Quietly angry (“Don’t confuse me with someone who gives a f***” asserts opener Wanderlust), beautiful (Sweet Spot, Pregnant Pause) and poppy (A Simple Beautiful Truth), it showcases the band’s mastery of sound, with the album by turns sparse, luxuriant and squelchy (they’ve been at the 80s analogue synths).
None of the songs outstay their welcome and the band don’t fall into the trap of thinking that length equals quality. They understand that it is possible to make a song both epic and touching without lasting eight minutes.
>Like this? Try these: Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures; The National: Trouble will find me; Erasure: Snow Globe


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