Algiers - Algiers

Algiers Debut Album on 180 Gram Vinyl + Download

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Algiers is the debut studio album by American experimental band Algiers, released in June 2015 by Matador Records.

Algiers is a transcontinental trio of multi-instrumentalists who first came together in Atlanta in 2009 before moving to separate places and continuing to make music via the internet. Matador signed them after two striking independently issued singles.

Algiers are a rare breed of indie rock band. Fusing gospel, industrial beats, noise rock and post-punk with a chilling level of political relevance, the Atlanta-based trio's self-titled debut is unlike anything you're likely to hear. As you would expect, this doesn't make for a comfortable listen and there are plenty of jarring moments - but give it time and you'll soon be seduced by it's strange and arresting beauty.

Throughout the course of the album the band dissect American colonialism and examine the seemingly irreparable racial wounds of modern society but this never comes across as self-righteous or arrogant. Instead, it serves as a potent reminder that rock music can still be intellectually challenging in an age where disposable media and entertainments are thrust upon us at every turn.

The music itself doesn’t disappoint despite its gothic and near-apocalyptic atmosphere and this is largely due in part to singer Franklin James Fisher, whose vocals are a thing of genuine wonder. He demonstrates an extraordinary range, viciously primal and raging in the way of the gospel tradition. However, on the tortured lullaby of Games Fisher adopts a much more subtle and soulful inspired inflection. It's a perfect example of the band's sumptuous depths.

The snarling and hypnotic centrepiece, Irony. Utility. Pretext. is perhaps Algiers at their most focused. Sinister industrial rhythms spill out amidst a barrage of sloganeering. The track builds to an epic crescendo, punctuated by 80's sci-fi futurism and tribal backing vocals.

Blood is a ritualistic call to arms that packs one hell of a punch. The dizzying funk of Black Eunuch is followed by three of the least abrasive tracks, allowing the remainder of the album freedom to breathe.

For all the album's strengths, you feel that this trio still possess a frightening amount of potential. An astonishing debut from an essential new band.

Check out these tracks: Irony. Utility. Pretext.; Games; Blood and Black Eunuch.

This LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve and poster with lyrics, includes an album download and is pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Remains

3:05

A2

Claudette

3:31

A3

And When You Fall

3:41

A4

Blood

5:38

A5

Old Girl

4:24

B1

Irony. Utility. Pretext.

4:30

B2

But She Was Not Flying

3:58

B3

Black Eunuch

3:39

B4

Games

3:49

B5

In Parallax

8:20

SKU 744861106715
Record Label Matador Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number OLE 1067-1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 02 June 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 02 June 2015
Barcode # 744861106715
Shipping Weight 0.3600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Algiers Debut Album, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Algiers Stickers on Front & Back of Plastic Envelope, Poster with Lyrics, Digital Download
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Post Punk
Genre Gospel
Genre Psychedelic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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