Singer Unhistories

Singer Unhistories
Getting into Singer depends on how much convention you like in your rock. If you can do without, welcome aboard. But if you need a little structure, a little something familiar to hang your hat on, this new Drag City act probably aren’t for you. Unhistories, the debut by this Chicago four-piece, is teeming with freeform, improv-styled arrangements that rapidly fall in and out of twisted math-like patterns. It’s a sound that equally hints at left-of-centre post-punk outfits like Pere Ubu, as well as more avant-garde artists such as Scott Walker, in his less-linear 4AD work. And this group aren’t called Singer for nothing, with the band’s duelling vocalists providing dense, multi-layered harmonies that are as complex as the compositions. What this all then leaves you with is one mind-fuck of a listen that’s anything but typical, showing a band not content simply following the status quo. And if you can handle it, this is always a good thing. (Drag City)