Upset the Rhythm is seemingly the place to be for oddball sleaze pop. Like last year’s glorious release from John Maus, Peepholes’ debut album is as drenched in pulsating and sparkling snyths as it is character, charm and idiosyncrasy. The electronics oscillate, throb and judder through ‘The Overspill’ with a menace and beauty that the Brighton duo’s previous mini album ‘Caligula’ didn’t quite manage. Since then, Katia Barrett’s affected vocals have become even more fulfilling, here a continuation of experimentation, animalistically yelping and screaming, forcing out drones and turning into plaintive and scenic tones in quick succession. Where they and Nick Carlisle’s wheezing analogue synth are going is ultimately to the album’s finale – eight songs of nine really are steps to a whole new world altogether.

At almost fifteen minutes long, ‘Living in Qatar’ is another kind of noise pop spaceship, charged, eloquent and a brilliant sonic biosphere with a subtle nihilism and industrialism that lurks throughout it, creeping and prowling in the shadows. Lying somewhere between John Carpenter, Suicide and Animal Collective at their most experimental, it is a monumental end to the record and, in many senses, a full record in itself, exploring landscapes, unfolding itself in parts with the beauty and scope of a three-hour film.

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