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Album Review: Physcopaths Dream In Black and White by The British IBM

Cambridge based trio British IBM release their sophomore album Physcopaths Dream In Black and White on 4th September. It is gentle mesh of indie rock and down-tempo, folk-tinged Americana reminiscent of the melancholic dirges of Lambchop combined with the sensitive song-writing of the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Perfume Genius.

There’s a charm to the record that lets its lo-fi qualities gently filter through into your subconscious. It’s gentle and plodding, while it may not have the gutso and punch of the music normally featured on Alt Dialogue there’s something about it that made us take note.

There’s something a little pretentious about it all. Frontman and singer/songwriter Adrian Killens says, “The new record is an emotional album about unemotional people. If it were a film it would be a cross between American Psycho and Fight Club”. Frankly it couldn’t be further from the truth in its likeness. Sure there’s a fucked up dystopia feel to the album, but surely either of those two films would take a less thinly veiled and more raucous likness. Think more along the lines of Requiem For A Dream our a more downbeat view of 500 Days Of Summer.

Physcopaths Dream In Black and White succeeds in its gentle tones and Billy Corgan-esque vocal. It succeeds in being background and filler music. It succeeds in being non-offensive and generally nice. It’s main failing is that it’s just all a little meh. It doesn’t move the listener. It’s a good listen yet it never fully takes your imagination and fails to keep your attention.

It generally flows well, but rather than being a good point you feel this is because none of the tracks standout, blurring and blending into one. If it wasn’t for opener ‘All The Time’ and penultimate track ‘Nothing’ you’d be forgiven if you failed to notice a change in track. Yet for all its bad points Physcopaths Dream In Black and White still comes out sounding like a good album. It’s enjoyable and will end up seeping into your head. The ideal accompaniment to a dinner party you didn’t want to host.

AD Rating 6/10

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