Bird Names’ previous offerings are best described as aural chaos; an exasperating, cluttered barrage of vocal and instrumental output. What the band have achieved on this record, however, is a degree of organised chaos, losing none of their delirious, abstract mentality but delivering something clearer and brighter, the sonic colours more defined and every phrase drenched in tingling bliss. ‘Nature’s Over’ sets the tone of the album with bouncing aluminium guitars and sublimely quirky harmonies, playing hide-and-seek with woozy telephone receiver vocal noodling. What follows is a succession of musical collages comprised of gloriously off-kilter melodies, hazy, Pretty Things-like vibes, galloping rhythms and cascades of tumbling vocals. Each track is swimming in complimentary contradictions and it’s a heady listen but exhilarating rather than exhausting, and the result is joyous.

By Polly Rappaport

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