Always Ascending Franz Ferdinand Album CoverFranz Ferdinand raise the indietronica stakes with their fine fifth longplayer.

Soft la-las precede an onslaught of squidgy synths, as the title track’s beautiful noise is unleashed – replete with Take Me Out dancefloor swagger. Electronics trump guitars throughout, as oomba-oomba basslines and disco hi-hats infuse the anthemic Huck And Jim, as well as ode to love and lethargy Lazy Boy.

Lois Lane proves that the FFS collaboration with Sparks left a lasting impression, while second single Feel The Love Go is a hook-laden delight, with louche Bowie-esque sax slinking in for a two minute wind-out that leaves you craving more.

Satisfaction arrives via closer Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow’s dreamy, romantic, slightly off-kilter kiss goodnight.

Always Ascending is out Feb 9 via Domino.

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