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by Liars
Mess by Liars
Released: Mar 2014
Label: Mute
Despite the title, Mess might be Liars' most structured record yet. In place of the freeform sprawl of earlier albums, the band digs into what can only be described as dance rhythms, of both the machine and the human variety. This being Liars, of course, it's all much skuzzier than your typical club jam -- swimming in distortion, suffused in basso chants, sour as a warm Orange Julius. Lunging and leering, this is dance music of the mean-mugging variety, and it's absolutely bracing.
Philip Sherburne