Apache Beat may arrive as long term students of studied cool, with an achingly hip list of previous touring partners clasped in their hands, but though such fundamentals can help momentarily gain attention, it can only go so far in holding peoples’ attention. Alas, it’s therefore disappointing to find that the Brooklyn band’s debut album tends to wearily creak and groan its way through a colourful musical series of sonical inlets instead of charging into them with wild abandon. Whether this ‘play safe’ approach half references Liars’ level of dynamicism, TV on the Radio’s habit of layering sounds or a Gang Gang Dance style of structuralism, the end result falls foul of an almost pre-diagnosed need to be seen as creatively minded. Which is why ‘Last Chants’ is far from a strong, long lasting record and is rather lacklustre at best.

By Nathan Westley

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