In their early records and live shows, Hookworms became a totemic presence in modern psychedelia. Where previous records were doused in feedback and thick layers of noise, Microshift is full of space and sharpness. The adherence to krautrockin’ repetition remains, but the proto-punk engine has been replaced by electronic loops and glacial synths. Suddenly, a band that once sounded most at home in strobe-lit basement dives now sounds primed for a late-afternoon slot at your roving summer festival of choice.
Like: Lairs, Hot Chip. Animal Collective, LCD Soundsystem
Play: 1, 2, 3, 7
1.Negative Space (6:56) - Rhythm track influenced by early 80s electro.
2.Static Resistance (3:48) - Pure krautrock like in previous albums.
3.Ullswater (7:08) - Awkward tempo with shimmering synthesizer tones.
4.The Soft Season (4:00) - Like Spiritualized with drone-like atmospherics.
5.Opener (8:36) - Tight, tough pop song underpinned by a Kraftwerk-ish rhythm.
6.Each Time We Pass (5:15) - Glittery samples unfolds in a sea of technicolour,
7.Boxing Day (2:18) - Intricate and driving psych-rock.
8.Reunion (2:51) - Ethereal and new-agey.
9.Shortcomings (5:40) - Psychedelic disco groove with spectral chorus.