• ampline Passion Relapse (LP, £24.50)

    Picking up thematically where their last record You Will Be Buried Here left off, the lyrics on Ampline’s fifth full-length album Passion Relapse explore the interrelation of man, nature, industry and theology, weaving a narrative of death, decay, invention and ‘progress,’ metering the growing gulf between corporeal and spiritual. Tracking live to tape at Mike Montgomery’s analog-based recording studio Candyland in Dayton, KY enabled the band to capture the energy of playing together in a room, imbuing the songs with a sense of cohesion and urgency. As raw and propulsive as the tracks are, the LP also boasts some of the band’s most accessible writing to date. Tracks: Shrunken Heads / Low Light / Captions / Rigging Snaps / Charm Offensive / Passion Relapse / It Will Evaporate / Drip / Edger Chaos / Stab

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