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INVSN - ‘The Beautiful Stories’

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 1 June 2017 at 17.26

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A haunting new record from Refused's frontman.

Sometimes, a whisper is as powerful as a shout. Featuring legendary vocalist Dennis Lyxzén (frontman with Refused), INVSN do plenty of both on this brooding, darkly seductive new record.

Built upon snaking, minimalistic basslines and the vocal interplay of Denis and Sara Almgren, mournful slow-burns like ‘The Distance’ brush up against the barely-constrained fury of ‘This Constant War’ and ‘Immer Zu’ – before ‘I Dreamt Music’ introduces a shimmering pop edge.

At just seven tracks ‘The Beautiful Stories’ is a touch slight, but whether it’s the ’80s guitar tones or quiet insistence of the quintet’s lyrics, it’ll leave a much longer impression.

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