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Grumbling Fur’s first album, 2010’s Furrier, arose from a jam between British and Finnish underground musicians, a far-out crew of drone, experimental-metal and art-rock types. Now reduced to the British duo of Daniel O’Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, the band return with third album Preternaturals, a sleeker, more considered affair than their debut.
“All the Rays” sets the controls for “unknown regions” but the view from the window, taking in Harmonia and the Beta Band, is pleasingly familiar. Any sense of psychedelic dislocation is subtle rather than jarring, as with the way “Pluriforms” combines dark synth-pop with the eerie cadences of a wind instrument.
(Quietus Phonographic Corporation)
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