Regular readers may have noticed a slow down on Breaking More Waves in the last week or so. There’s a simple two-pronged reason for this. First, because I have found very little new music over that time that I really adore. I never want to post something just for the sake of it. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t loads of great stuff being released; the likelihood is just that I haven’t been looking in the right places. Or more to the point, and the second reason, I haven’t really been looking at all; because Breaking More Waves HQ has been bouncing all week to the bloody marvellous Microshift, the new album from Hookworms.
Yes, it’s only February, but if this album doesn’t crop up on a lot of end of year lists (especially in the UK) something is wrong. A Mercury nomination would be nice as well. A pulverising, yet pleasing, sonically adventurous body of work with a far more accessible and electronic edge than their previous records, Microshift is an album that despite its dark lyrical bent (grief, mental health, break ups) sounds utterly uplifting; it therefore comes as no surprise to find out that yesterday the record entered the UK Top 20 album charts.
If you haven’t heard it yet, buy it, download it, stream it, steal it. Just play it. Who said that bands are dead? They can f*ck off. Microshift is a glorious record.
Maybe if I give it a break from Microshift next week I might post some new music. If not, you’ll understand why. Here's Each Time We Pass from the album. But really, don't listen to one track. This is a body of work that needs to be listened to from start to finish in the order the band present it to you. It works much better that way.
Hookworms - Each Time We Pass (Video)