Album cover artwork for IDLES with green vinyl record popping out“Are you ready for the storm?” IDLES lead singer Joe Talbot drawls on the opener of their fourth record Crawler.

This is the Bristol band at their best; deeply melancholic and teeth bared at the world, driven by a sturdy, humming bassline and Talbot’s raw, mouth-full-of-gravel vocals. The instrumentation is at times reminiscent of a funeral dirge, lifted to become some kind of death waltz by poetic and violent lyrics spat like shotgun spray.

Crawler feels the true twin to their scorching debut Brutalism, entangled in yearning and unanswered pain, ferocity beckoning with a closed fist to sink into the darkness once more.

Crawler by IDLES is out Nov 12 via Partisan/Liberator.

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