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Messenger: Threnodies

Album Review

Far-roaming wonders from psychedelic Brits

At long last, cosmic rovers Messenger return with Threnodies – the ravenously anticipated follow-up to their mesmerising 2014 debut, Illusory Blues.

That album saw critics struggling to gather Messenger’s shape-shifting psychedelic ruminations into some identifiable, pre-existing genre where none existed. With discrete passages revealing subtle nods to classic giants like Pink Floyd and even Led Zeppelin, their dizzyingly eclectic melodies flowed through transfixing streams of prog and folk, distilling their sound into their own exotic and spiritually evocative pastiche. Threnodies builds upon those ideas not by adding newer sounds but by removing all motifs not wholly essential to the voyage. While the very name suggests plodding funeral dirges, Threnodies is, in fact, a joyfully ambitious journey through edgeless realms of prog, folk, electric blues and 70s psychedelia.

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