Brooklyn’s A Place To Bury Strangers return with their fourth album to date, ‘Transfixiation’, which will see release on February 16th via Dead Oceans. Described as “A product of two years of constant touring and recording since the release of 2012’s ‘Worship’, ‘Transfixiation’ is a boldly experimental step forward. Rather than fixate on precious recording techniques and minute details…” First album impressions confirm the high level of detail, but not quite the atmosphere – it’s taut, estranged and real. The band for anyone still unfamiliar with the 2015 line-up, consists of guitarist/singer Oliver Ackermann, bassist Dion Lunadon, and hard-hitting drummer Robi Gonzalez each “ trusted their instincts and tried to keep things as pure as possible”. Robi Gonzalez makes his recording debut with the band here and he’s helped push the band’s recorded sound closer to the intense level of its infamous live shows.
‘Transfixiation’ begins as ‘Supermaster’ begins with dislocated guitar sounds overlay a tight bass / drum combination, Oliver Ackermann relaxed vocal style betrays the charged lyrics accompanied by surrounding by said distorted guitar and other worldy synth under-pinning. The tempo seems raised for the wicked guitar sounds of ‘Straight’, Peter Frampton would be proud of this first single’s guitar play alone. Smiles greet the tastefully fractured ‘What We Don’t See’ and the heavier ‘We’ve Come So Far’, but the more darker schemed ‘Deeper’ is perhaps the best in show, just piping the ace ‘When I Die’ and the afore-mentioned ‘Straight’ single. Some album though.
To think A Place To Bury Strangers new album is in any way poorer for their experimentation, is in for a big shock. If you like your music darker driven and intense without losing the plot, along with the added precision, ‘Transfixiation’ is for you, I loved it! 8.5/10
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS TOUR DATES:
Tue. March 31 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Wed. April 1 – Belfast, IE @ Voodoo
Thu. April 2 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Fri. April 3 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
Sun. April 5 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control Basement
Mon. April 6 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega Social Club
Tue. April 7 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
Wed. April 8 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb lfor Bach
Thu. April 9 – London, UK @ Oslo