ACCORDED FOUR OUT of five stars in the latest issue of MOJO magazine, Young Knives’ fourth album, Sick Octave, turns its back on the modern-indie, NME-acceptance game that 2011’s Ornaments From The Silver Arcade appeared to be playing. Re-embracing the harder, more authentically Knivesian road of dissent and quirk, the MOJO-endorsed three-piece from Ashby-de-la-Zouch follow their noses into crannies of punk, prog and kraut, ascending to the pantheon of British art rock that contains Wire, Magazine, Swell Maps and Blur at their best.
But enough of our yakkin’. Instead, stream and enjoy Sick Octave’s rollercoaster of odd notions, musical invention and, in the shape of Maureen, the most beautiful song they’ve so far recorded. Sick Octave is out on Monday.