Since the St Albans quartet unveiled it back in late 2014,’The Mindsweep’ became one of this year’s most anticipated releases and it’s no surprise. Enter Shikari have, over the years, confirmed their place as one of the British scene’s most innovative bands— from the brilliant ‘Common Dreads’ to the stellar effort ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’.
As ‘The Mindsweep’ kicks in, two things are clear : a) the three songs the band released throughout 2014 (Rat Race, The Paddington Frisk, Radiate) were just a taste of what was to come, and b) Rou Reynolds’ words are still impeccably sharp and clever.
The opener’s dangerously true words, The Appeal & The Mindsweep I, remind us of the foreshadowing (if we can call it that) heard in previously released track Radiate (“a spring cleaning of the mind”) while we find ourselves smiling at the use of elaborate words ‘subsequently’ in The One True Colour. And even though the recipe is different — almost more elaborate this time — ingredients crafted to be shouted by venues full of people with a fist in the air are well present : Anaethetist‘s ‘you fucking spanner!’ is the perfect successor to the now legendary ‘we’re sick of this shit’. And as usual, most of the songs are full of political commitments — to only name one, Myopia and global warming — served with delicious riffs and tasty electronic bits reminding us of the glorious end of Constellations.
Where their previous release ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ was flawed (maybe a little too much filler ), ‘The Mindsweep’ succeeds at the difficult task of creating an album it’s almost impossible to skip through when listening to it in full.
The closing track, a chaotic reprise of The Appeal & The Mindsweep I,is not only a masterful way to close a musical journey like ‘The Mindsweep’, it also sees the band referencing to their earlier work— who doesn’t love it when that happens?— and showing they’ve not only managed to pull off mixing electronic music and hardcore together one more time ; they’ve even gotten better at it.
Overall, it’s safe to say that this is Enter Shikari‘s best effort yet— until their next album ?
Enter Shikari – “The Mindsweep”
Released : 19/01/15