The tradition of the all-female post-punk band is revived in the most electrifying fashion by Savages. The London quartet establish their art-house credentials by opening their debut album with a snatch of dialogue from a John Cassavetes film; then we’re off into a dark world of tense basslines, slashing riffs, expressionist vocals and transgressive desires.

“Are you coming for the ride?” singer Jehnny Beth asks. Surging gouts of noise inspired by 1980s US hardcore make the invitation irresistible; the jazzy, gothic finale “Marshal Dear” seals it.

Savages

Silence Yourself

(Matador)

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