Three Trapped Tigers- Silent Earthling

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Since the release of their début album Route One Or Die (Blood And Biscuits) half a decade ago, Three Trapped Tigershave become quite a niche and almost cult act. Far from a household name, but those in the know are all too aware of how spectacular this band has proven in such a short space of time, carving a unique sound of their own which shows familiar nuances and wide influences that blend so seamlessly.

On album number two, Silent Earthling (Superball Music/Century Media) have managed to maintain their new, signature sound mostly familiar but still sound vibrant, urgent and fresh. With a notably more ‘rock’ feel than its predecessor, this still shows the wide spectrum of styles as before, just with an arguably different focus, perhaps due to the embrace from the forward thinking rock fraternity (including a support slot to Deftones) and the signing to metal/prog heavyweights Century Media/Superball.

With a core that ranges from the near math rock take of instrumental progressive rock akin to The Fierce & The Dead and, at times, the softer electronic rock of the likes North Atlantic Oscillation, Silent Earthling also shows dynamic and experimental electronica influences from the likes of Vangelis and Brian Eno. Toss in some near drum and bass elements and subtle Hip Hop basslines and you have a wonderfully vibrant mix, which is bursting with character and imagination, and fits together so seamlessly.

Superbly textured, fluid and atmospheric, Silent Earthling is a versatile and deep record but one that is still hugely accessible and far from daunting, and is incredibly fun and immersive from the off. It has been a long time coming for a new album from these guys, and with this follow-up they have proven they really are a name to trust, and with an album that should appeal to so many, it’s about time they hit more people’s radar.

9.0/10

CHRIS TIPPELL

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Knifeworld – The Unravelling

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Having formerly been in the ranks of the much missed, oddball maestro’s Cardiacs, any band featuring Kavus Torabi was never going to be a dull or simple affair. Suitably so Kavus’ latest venture, Knifeworld, have been a leading light (along with the likes of The Fierce & The Dead) in a new generation of British Prog of a most eccentric variety.

Knifeworld’s previous record work has shown the band and Kavus’ vision and ability to combine the most unorthodox musical styles with a pop aesthetic, but latest album The Unravelling (InsideOut) is their most ambitious and impressive work to date.

The sheer plethora of ideas at play is quite staggering yet everything flows with precision and urgency, leading from one unexpected twist to another. From the short and sharp assault of ‘The Orphanage’ to the twisted, cartoon-like ‘Send Him Seaworthy’ and the nightmarish eeriness of ‘The Skulls We Buried Have Regrown Their Eyes’, this is a bizarre journey through multiple sonic landscapes, yet it remains completely cohesive.

Kavus’ vocals offer a complimenting addition with his unique tone and the splendid interplay with the additional and contrasting voice of Melanie Wood adds an extra dimension to the album’s almost demented manner.

Very few people can match Kavus Torabi when it comes to writing quirky yet brilliant music and The Unravelling is the perfect representation for this. An album built up on both the kookiest and left-field influences and poppy hooks, this is a masterclass in challenging yet still really accessible music. It is certainly not for everyone, but for those with a keen ear to left-field music will find one of the year’s most rewarding listens, and benchmark for modern British Prog.

9.0/10.0

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CHRIS TIPPELL