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Black Peaks: Statues

Album Review

The new wave of prog gets off to a winning start

Even in increasingly rewarding times for those who favour originality and creativity over cheap thrills and the bleeding obvious, Black Peaks stand out as a band with honourable artistic intentions.

Statues is a beautifully cohesive debut album and a commanding demonstration of their genre-mincing approach. Gnarly alternative rock is the starting point for fiery and fluid anthems like Glass Built Castles and Say You Will, but there’s so much more going on here. The reassuring, contemporary crunch, the widescreen squall of artful post-rock and the neck-snapping nimbleness of leftfield prog have all been harnessed for the greater good.

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