HTRK – Work (work, work) review

HTRK Grind on with Work (work, work)

Only their 2nd full length studio album, the group finds themselves minus one member after Sean Stewart’s sudden passing last year. Their latest, Work (work, work) has an experimental style that has a minimalist industrial sound.

I’ll admit, when I first got this album, I didn’t understand it, and I don’t think I liked it. But now. Now it is the weekend, and I am hungover, and Work (work, work) is exactly what I want to hear. It’s a brain massage, yet still engaging. Jonnine Standish has stepped up to replace Stewart in vocals, and her haunting mutterings only further elevate an otherworldly effort throughout. “Work That Body” has a decent thump to it, and “Skinny” has this kind of despair, the vocals echoed from the walls of the abyss. “Synthetik” is slinky and sexy, the bass repeating over and over reminiscent of Massive Attack’s “Mezzanine” album. “Love Triangle” has a beautiful melody, buried beneath echoes and pings that sound as if the whole piece was recorded underwater. And just as I was about to submit this article, “Body Double” came on and I realized I had forgotten all about it. My favourite track, you just enjoy it straight away. It summates the album perfectly.

It’s clear that the band is mourning the loss of Stewart, and putting the energy into this cathartic album has yielded high returns. Work (work, work) is shaping up to be the future of the band, and despite the setback have come out of their corner fighting. But simplistically.

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