plank! Hivemind (180g vinyl LP, £11.50)label: akoustik anarkhy
Itís in the haze of a cloud of chirruping insects that Plank return, following the success of their mammal-concerning debut LP Animalism. Two years since that record gained plaudits and sold out vinyl run, the instrumental trio have thematically splintered the number of beings on Hivemind, paying homage to the millions of arthropods without which our global eco-system could not survive. Itís apt enough, really, because Plank themselves have opened up a whole new sub-species of sounds, elements and textures beyond their previous environment too, each track giving the feel of an overall movement through differing habitual undergrowth. Definitely an album designed for vinyl with side A more song structures (King Crimson, Camel, Trans Am, Giorgio Moroder, Kling Klang, Agitation Free, Steve Reich) and side B should be listened to as one complete piece a la DJed by Tortoise or Echoes by Floyd.
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