Hit squad SQUID from Brighton (sometimes I wonder if there are any people
in this seaside town who are NOT in a band) shared their 2nd full-length, named
O MONOLITH with the world. It follows their brutal 2021 debut Bright Green Field.
Press info: “Teeming with melodic epiphanies and layered sounds, Squid’s second album
O Monolith is a musical evocation of environment, domesticity and self-made folklore. Like its predecessor, 2021’s critically acclaimed, UK number 4 album Bright Green Field, it is dense and tricksy – but also more warm and characterful, with a meandering, questioning nature.
Expansive, evocative and hugely varied, O Monolith retains Squid’s restless, enigmatic
spirit, but it still holds surprises for those familiar with Bright Green Field. It’s a reflection of the outsized progression of a band always looking to the future. Like its namesake,
O Monolith is vast and strange; alive with endless possible interpretations of its inner mysteries.”
NME says: “A monument to daring artistic growth… Their hungry curiosity, combined
with a desire to push their own boundaries, comes to fruition on ‘O Monolith’ to create
an album that is ripe for discovery across multiple listens.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Full NME interview here
TUTV: One thing is clear. Despite the overall critical praise and commercial success
of their debut Bright Green Field album, Squid didn’t want to play safe and copy/paste it. Mind you, the tense dynamics, sinewy gusto and emotional turmoil are still present, but
they explored other sound textures with a different musical mindset.
Final result: a more balanced record, a more euphonious approach without losing their
natural soul-and-spirit authenticity. As they say “It was a little bit in the direction of less
drone, more melody.” A bold, artistic triumph.
Singles/clips: The Blades / Bright Green Field / Swing (In A Dream)
– SWING (IN A DREAM) –
– THE BLADES –