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Teeth Of The Sea - Master

by Andy Brown Rating:9 Release Date:2013-10-21

The year is 2097, your hometown has been converted into a massive maximum security prison and the world, it seems, has gone to shite. The streets are populated by rogue replicants and otherworldly aliens. Something called Skynet seems to be doing quite well and the buildings retain a gritty, unkempt look despite the overabundance of flying cars. These are the kind of dystopian future/sci-fi referencing images that Teeth of the Sea's Master brings to mind.

The album starts with the sound of a broken, synthetic voice, like Kraftwerk in the throes of robotic death. It's then that 'Reaper' races into view, resurrecting the spirit of those dearly loved pioneers with heart-racing and mind-altering panache. 'The Servant' starts with a disjointed voice describing "what remains of the city", reinforcing the album's distinctly post-apocalyptic feel. The track itself is a gorgeous low throb of trumpets and synths. JJ Abrams really should pick these guys up to soundtrack an epic Blade Runner remake.

The album really starts to take off with the pounding 'Black Strategy'. 'The world's fucked so let's make some noise and have a dance' seems to be the message at this point. 'Black Strategy' combines tribal drums, racing synths, trumpets and guitars to make something genuinely spectacular. Despite certain sonic connections to the likes of Fuck Buttons, Teeth of the Sea really are in a field of their own.

'Pleiades Underground, Inexorable Master' starts as a superbly creepy whirlpool of sound with piano and cascading xylophone. The darkly atmospheric tones bring electronic/industrial legends Coil to mind before unexpectedly breaking into layers of static and a huge, doom-rock riff. The noise subsides into the beautiful 'Siren Spectre'. The track gracefully stretches out over eight glorious minutes of ambient noise, fanfares of trumpets and spectral harmonies. It's a space odyssey of sound.

The snappily titled 'Put Me on Your Shoulders So I Can See the Rats' acts as a strange interlude of fuzzy drones and a voice quietly repeating, "I was thinking, what I was thinking about…". Creepy stuff. 'All Human is Error' brings in intense, semi-industrial beats and a brilliantly claustrophobic atmosphere. 'Responder' wraps things up with an epic slice of psychedelic Krautrock, complete with rock guitars and insistent trumpets.

Like their last album, Teeth of the Sea have produced a record which constantly veers between unbridled euphoria, tense layers of noise and out-there experimentation. It's a combination that works, as Master is a consistently engaging album. Much like the fine sci-fi films it brings to mind, this is an album you'll have to see through to the end, gripped every step of the way.

I had wondered if London's Teeth of the Sea would be able to do any better than 2010's brilliant Your Mercury album. I need not have worried as Master is a phenomenal piece of work - a record which gleefully avoids easy categorisation and one that see's the band further establish themselves as one of the country's most creative and imaginative acts. Don't worry if you're not a sci-fi fan because Teeth of the Sea have made an album that will fire everyone's imagination.

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