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Phobophobes – Muscle Memory

Photo: Tamsin Topolski

The only thing to be afraid of, is fear itself. That’s from a thing, right? That’s definitely from a thing. Anyway, the phenomenal phantasists Phobophobes are back and they’ve done a cool video for one of the tracks from their new album (which is, of course, magnificent).

This is yet another slice of their brilliant darkness, with hollow drums setting an immediate sense of unease before other instruments enter, each feeling somewhat disjointed and separate and yet still part of this mesmerising tapestry. Tackling the aftermath of loss, following the death of a friend (and the many other tragedies in recent years), this is probably the best example of the growing maturity of the South London creatives. Nobody does darkness and desolation quite as well as them, and whether it’s a terrorising, rampaging rocker or a tempered, beautiful ballad such as this, they’re really up there with the best of them.

And, as Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: “There are as many opinions as there are experts.” Now I have no idea what that means, but in my expert opinion this is brilliant.

Ciarán

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