On their fifth LP, Radian search for something entirely tangible, as they employ uncommon recording methods — incorporating finger hammers on guitars, chords plugging into amps and random switches, taps and scratches — that give the brief seven-track, 35-minute album a sense of pragmatism and digestible imperfection. As the opener "Pickup Pickout" works off dance-y rhythms and syncopated clatters, Radian move towards something more unpredictable and investigational on the title track and "Codes and Sounds."
As "Recreate Loved Objects" and "Blue Noise, Black Lake" feature strikingly cascading guitar strums and expressively crafted drum brakes, Radian typically never seem to grasp on to those moments too long. With On Dark Silent Off, Radian have created a piece of art that's stubbornly beautiful. (Thrill Jockey)