28/30 album of the week rock

black midi – hellfire

I was on a flight when I listened to ‘Hellfire’. I like flying, but I don’t care for turbulence that moves sideways. It started when I played track one, which evidently perturbed the vehicle. The 4-D experience threatened my objective judgement: I wanted to be present, while half-expecting to fly into the side of a mountain at each crescendo. Then ‘Still’ came on and the pilot announced that we’d be landing in thirty minutes. The plane tilted to angle itself towards the runway. I equilibrated myself with the ground, peering over the window. The sun was bright and splitting into rays. This album is very good, I thought.


A favourite: ‘Sugar/Tzu’

‘Hellfire’ is out now via Rough Trade.

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