Dublin-based experimental band Alarmist come through with their second full-length album titled Sequesterer. This being my first introduction to the group, I was intrigued to hear what they had in store, considering the fact that their music was described as blending post-rock, electronic, jazz and contemporary chamber music together. They really do impress on this energetic, eclectic and highly engaging release.
“District of Baddies,” starts the album off with heavy electronic rhythms and synths, bringing an aggressive tone and energy to the record. “Boyfriend In The Sky” features smoother guitar leads that are accompanied by exceptional rhythmic drumming and synths that add depth and texture to this track. Throughout, their compositions are varied and bring heaps of energy as well as slower, more emotive moments. An example is “Life In Half Time,” with incredible guitar leads and keys throughout that bring genuine, rather sombre emotion. “Bronntanasaurus” has a grand, overpowering melody with synths and grooves that build throughout the track, and it’s exciting to hear the tone and tempo switches throughout. Members Neil Crowley, Elis Czerniak and Barry O’Halpin really excel on this release, creating riveting sounds that are exceptionally arranged throughout the 9 tracks on this album.
Listen to Alarmist’s Sequesterer below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Small Pond.