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Mush - Lines Redacted LP

Mush - Lines Redacted LP

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Leeds-based art-rock trio, Mush, released their feverish second LP, "Lines Redacted" via Memphis Industries. The release, which found the group recruiting Lee Smith (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses) on mixing duties, arrived just under a year after their debut LP, "3D Routine", capping off what has been an obviously tumultuous, but remarkably prolific year for the band. With any prospect of live shows decimated, the group, led by songwriter, Dan Hyndman, found the time to release two EPs (Great Artisanal Formats and Yellow Sticker Hour) and a duo of full-length albums.

Mush resent their own sonic idiosyncrasy. It’s a sound that blurs the lines of abstract surrealism, existentialism and social commentary; utilising guitars as tools in 2020 to stave off malaise whilst simultaneously commenting on the nation’s ability to fall into such dire straits. It’s a sensory overload of wiry tones that zig- zag between punk, prog and sardonic-funk with a relentless ability to reflect society’s faults and apathy in a unique and acerbic manner.

Whereas the band’s debut was very much a product of its time, something part-inspired by the political atmosphere of mid-2019 and a genuine moment of optimism when the prospect of a socialist government in the UK was on the cards, this record uses tongue-in-cheek cynicism as a coping mechanism for the environment that we now find ourselves in.

From one song to the next, "Lines Redacted" introduces a string of different narrators with each providing a different reflection on the Armageddon scenario that we are slowly entering, whether that’s bemoaning it or gleefully willing it along.

About this product: this is the Love Record Stores '21 reissue on purple splatter vinyl.