A Real Good Mess
A little while ago our friends over at Mute
sent us the new album by Liars. Entitled Mess, it’s anything but an actual mess. Their previous album WIXIW consisted of a lot of learning as they made a move to incorporate computers into their music. With Mess they found their ground. Consequently they felt comfortable enough to start taking risks. Who said comfort in art is a bad thing? It’s surprisingly easy listening consider their roots lie in noise. It shouldn’t be taken for inoffensive background music though, or even something aiming for TOP40. It’s not. It might sound more docile than others with their aesthetic but it’s not at the expense of anything. Their art hasn’t been sacrificed. The electronic elements aren’t there to capitalise on the EDM movement in the US. Liars manipulates them to do whatever they feel like doing.
Not caring about you and I is the best thing about Liars. They don’t care if their fans change with every album, nor will expectations dictate their direction. Even if you don’t like pounding techno or your idea of house ends with Disclosure, Liars could probably pull you into a dim basement club. But, don’t be fooled into thinking this album was made so we could dance. They made one because it suited what they had to say. If they decide to work next on ukulele music, that’s fine too – because every time they do something new or different, it’s for a purpose. Even if that keeps them from ever being other than a semi famous cult band that’s fine too. Every change of direction they come out with a spectacular body of art music anyway. They’ve just released a new music video for I’m No Gold – a third for the album, each one so bloody strange. They don’t care what anyone expects. They will give us melting faces and crazed bodies, and whether we think it’s visually appealing is entirely irrelevant. But honestly? It works, doing what they fancy doing. They claim their authority and it makes you want to listen. Now it’s just the matter of counting days until their London gig at the Village Underground on the 1st of November.