Album of the Month – Squid

Artist: Squid
Title: O Monolith
Released: 9th June 2023
Squid, oh Squid, an enigmatic ensemble swirling within the chaotic vortex of Britain’s vibrant musical landscape. These Brighton-based misfits, armed with a relentless fervor for experimentation and an unyielding desire to shatter the confines of genre, have concocted a sonorous brew that defies classification.
Since their inception in 2015, Squid has been a fixture of intrigue, beguiling audiences with their discordant symphonies and boisterous stage presence. A motley crew of sonic provocateurs, they traverse the sonic spectrum with reckless abandon, audaciously melding post-punk, art-rock, and a kaleidoscope of diverse influences to forge a sound that is uniquely their own.
Their aural odyssey reached critical mass with the release of their EPs Lino and Town Centre. Within these sonic capsules, Squid unveiled their audacious vision, their unyielding commitment to sonic exploration. The pulsating rhythms, serrated guitar riffs, and Judge’s vocal acrobatics coalesce in a frenetic dance of sonic dissonance and melodic charm.
But it’s their debut album Bright Green Field that truly reveals the depth of their artistic prowess. A sprawling tapestry of sonic ingenuity, it unfurls like a vivid dreamscape, embracing the listener with its intricate compositions, hypnotic beats, and incisive lyrics that delve into the tumultuous realms of societal and environmental dilemmas.
Squid’s audaciousness lies not only in their musical prowess but also in their willingness to defy conventional song structures. Their compositions morph and mutate, spiraling into uncharted territories, constantly pushing the boundaries of sonic possibility. It is a testament to their unyielding spirit and refusal to be confined by artistic constraints.
For those familiar with Bright Green Field, O Monolith may come as a suprise, its teeming with melodic epiphanies and layered sounds, a musical evocation of environment, domesticity and self-made folklore. Like its predecessor, it is dense and tricksy – but also more warm and characterful, with a meandering, questioning nature.
O Monolith is out on CD and LP June 9th!

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