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Relatives In Descent

Protomartyr

Relatives In Descent

Fourth studio album from the Detroit post-punk quartet produced by Sonny DiPerri (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors)

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Domino
UK Release date
29/09/2017
US Release date
29/09/2017
  1. 10.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Opener ‘A Private Understanding’ says it all, although unpicking Casey’s input is just one way to pore over a punk record as expertly played as this, from every slow build, every dark groove, every moment of hidden beauty
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    A slow-burn apocalypse of ennui and injustice crackles through the sensational fourth album from these Detroit post-punks
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  3. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Their quality of music and precision is outstanding, and while referencing so many of our favourite artists from eras been and gone, they perform and compose in a new light with such integrity that makes them a step above the rest
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  4. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Fairly incredible album
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  5. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Although rambling vocals and rhythmic invention characterize a significant portion of Relatives in Descent, it is not without its hooks
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  6. 8.9 |   Paste Magazine

    While his band has grown into a post-punk monster, Casey, too, has moved beyond his personal frets and frustrations and developed into a lyricist capable of clear and compelling commentary
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  7. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Protomartyr makes dark post-punk music for an era that seems to inch closer to what Casey has been bellowing on about with each passing election cycle
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  8. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A refined sermon on truth, anxiety, and our lack of understanding of the world around us
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    If you've missed out so far, this is the place to start. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Protomartyr turn grappling with the inexplicable nature of all things into something genuinely fruitful, and Relatives in Descent could be their best record yet
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  11. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    At its best, Relatives in Descent makes guitar music feel radical again, capturing both timely and timeless anxieties
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    Frontman delivers sardonic commentaries amid music that sounds like it has taken a Masters degree in post-punk
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  13. 8.0 |   Crack

    Recorded in LA by producer Sonny DiPerri, and he’s teased out an even greater complexity from their sound. Details shine through the haze, and the gut punches hit harder than ever
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    Protomartyr have proved that they can be that cereus, blooming in the dark times we inhabit – and continue blossoming into a formidable and vital band
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  15. 8.0 |   DIY

    There isn’t a shade of black in the post-punk spectrum Protomartyr can’t execute with aplomb
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  16. 8.0 |   All Music

    This is Protomartyr's most impressive accomplishment to date
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  17. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    Protomartyr get wordy and Nick Cave-y on their fourth album
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  18. 7.5 |   The 405

    If punk rock was originally intended to inflame and inform the underserved masses, Protomartyr haven’t fallen off the mark; just be sure to keep an encyclopaedia next to your headphones
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  19. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Furthers Protomartyr’s penchant for belletristic navel-gazing while maintaining the social consciousness that informed their three previous releases
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  20. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Sinuous and allusive, dense and at times dizzying. It contains a constant sense of unease about the world and its future
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