Squid - Bright Green Field (Warp 2021)

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How is ILM feeling about this Brighton-based contemporary post-punk band?
Very much indebted to The Pop Group but with a few modern twists and turns?

Was really enamoured with 'Narrator' when it came out and the way it switches up a few notches every few bars:


That said, the rest of the album is still starting to seep-in.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:17 (one year ago) link

Only just realised their drummer is their singer.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:18 (one year ago) link

not sure if I like this yet. I find the production a little too tidy for its own good maybe?

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:30 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I really want to like it. As I say, 'Narrator' really worked in a... tidy kind of way? Maybe if I think of them as a British Ratpure it might help rather than trying to compare them to the OG postpunk?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:32 (one year ago) link

actually this would sound great with the rawer production style of the first ratpure album

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:38 (one year ago) link

I'll be seeing them live in November and will judge accordingly. But I like all I've heard.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 17:07 (one year ago) link

this is really pretty great. not doing anything really new with the sound or anything but it's still a very very solid stylistic endeavour. certainly feels like a significant step above most hyped-up post-punk stuff of the last decade

ufo, Thursday, 13 May 2021 07:15 (one year ago) link

pretty solid Tricot influence to my ears, I like it

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 13 May 2021 07:33 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

this is really some sort of platonic ideal of the post-punk sound to my ears they got the balance of everything right

kind of like if talking heads got really into neu instead of fela kuti

ufo, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 03:27 (one year ago) link

Sometimes sound like the Fall with an over-dramatic theatre kid as singer.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 04:45 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

I only heard one track from this but it was enough to pick up the record since my local shop had it. Listening now, it's super cool, like what if the dancepunk scene of the 00's got really into The Fall & Devo instead of Talking Heads

frogbs, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 20:13 (one year ago) link

think "Pamphlets" is my favorite, closing tracks with long Neu!-ish grooves are the best

frogbs, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 20:50 (one year ago) link

as i said it does actually remind me of talking heads, but i definitely hear the fall too

it's such a great record, absolutely nails the sound they're going for & despite that sound being very familiar they've managed to make it their own

ufo, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 01:07 (one year ago) link

like there aren't any classic post-punk albums that really do quite what this album does & while this obviously isn't innovative in the way those were at the time, or anywhere near as boundary pushing, just taking it on its own terms it's as good as the very best in the genre at what it does

ufo, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 01:10 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Catching up on 2021 listening...Is there a name yet for this new wave of young British art-rock/post-punk bands?: Squid, Dry Cleaning, Black Country New Road, black midi. This one might be my favorite of the bunch.

Indexed, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 18:28 (one year ago) link

people who can still afford to rent in Brixton-core

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 18:32 (one year ago) link

Perpetua named it something in one of his playlists.

alpine static, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 19:35 (one year ago) link

Post-Brexit is unsatisfying. ILX can do better.

All of these albums just make me want to listen to this song by Ought:


Indexed, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 21:48 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I get the impulse but tying it directly to "post-Brexit" seems like a good way to ensure this whole scene is dated in amber and subject to an expiration date and I think some of this stuff deserves better.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 21:55 (one year ago) link

I think it goes well beyond London and the UK even. There's definitely a big upsurge in post-punk revivalism at the moment and I'm not quite sure what's spurred it. Some of the bands have been around a while, yeah, but it feels more like a "thing" now

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 22:16 (one year ago) link

squid are good but the others are largely not

ufo, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 22:37 (one year ago) link

good to know, thanks

alpine static, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 23:24 (one year ago) link

dry cleaning are also good

more discussion here best out of the current-ish crop of post-punk bands people and algorithms keep telling you to listen to

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 23:29 (one year ago) link

the moment in Paddling where they shift to double time for the rest of the song is so good

frogbs, Thursday, 9 September 2021 03:21 (one year ago) link

the guy totally is doing a MES / Byrne / Hell / ?mashup thing… or maybe just James Murphy, lol. The music sounds good, but the vox are a big impediment for me (even though I like some of those other singers).

Like ufo, I hear plenty of Talking Heads in the gtr – but yeah the grooves are stiffer

tumblin’ dice outro (morrisp), Thursday, 9 September 2021 04:23 (one year ago) link

my first impression was that he was doing both XTC vocalists circa-White Music at once.

can definitely see why some people might not be able to get past that but I think he's good for this group. plus the decision to make his voice so crisp & up front is pretty interesting. usually they try to bury singers like that a little

frogbs, Thursday, 9 September 2021 12:14 (one year ago) link

or maybe just James Murphy, lol.

― tumblin’ dice outro (morrisp), Wednesday, September 8, 2021 11:23 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

See: "Peel St"

Indexed, Thursday, 9 September 2021 14:09 (one year ago) link

what's the deal with the cover art and inserts? are they AI generated?

frogbs, Friday, 10 September 2021 13:10 (one year ago) link

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