Relatives In Descent
|Release:||Released September 29th 2017|
|Product:||Indies-only blue coloured vinyl + fold-out poster, zine insert & digital download|
Detroit's favourite punch-drunks Protomartyr release their first album on Domino and fourth overall - Relatives In Descent. Apparently, Relatives grapples with the ideas behind reality and truth - or rather the blurred lines between. Expect thought-provoking monologues anyway. Lead track 'A Private Understanding' is certainly an excellent start as far as this record is concerned.
1. A Private Understanding
2. Here Is The Thing
3. My Children
5. The Chuckler
6. Windsor Hum
7. Don't Go To Anacita
8. Up The Tower
9. Night-Blooming Cereus
10. Male Plague
11. Corpses In Regalia
12. Half Sister
(The words of the press release, not us)
Anxiety about the precarious nature of reality is a recurring thread on Protomartyr's fourth longplayer, and Domino debut, ‘Relatives In Descent’.
Though not a concept album, it presents twelve variations on a theme: the unknowable nature of truth, and the existential dread that often accompanies it. It's no coincidence this missive comes to us at a moment when disinformation and garbled newspeak have become a daily reality.
Without sanding any of the edges born from their days as a Detroit bar band, ‘Relatives In Descent’ offers new layers and new insights, whilst showcasing Protomartyr at their most unsettling and impressive.