The art-pop genre-blenders’ second album is an 11-song threnody, an ode of mourning following the death of frontman Dave Okumu’s mother. Named after her, ‘Rispah’ is bookended by a loose choir of African voices like those Okumu says he heard at the wake, articulating the sorrow and joy entangled in this record, which acknowledges with a heavy heart that even death can bring a renewed passion for life. As you’d expect from the The Invisible craftsmen, it’s lusciously produced – drums flutter and fade as Okumu’s breathily angelic voice drifts into a limbo between life and infinity. The mournful electronics owe much to Radiohead (and the guitar on ‘Surrender’ is straight out of ‘In Rainbows’), but the decayed funkiness built up from distorted drums and shivering guitars is uncannily voguish, echoing the exhumed ’80s R&B we’ve heard lately on records by Kindness and others.

By Chal Ravens

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