Hookworms - Microshift
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Based on 18 reviews
2018 Ratings: #12 / 616
User Score
Based on 322 ratings
2018 Ratings: #121
February 2, 2018 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
Neo-Psychedelia / Genres
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In an ever-changing landscape for British ‘guitar music’ – hello Shame, farewell Wild Beasts – this is a sound, a set of songs, that deserves to expand the size of Hookworms’ hard-won community. It’s been well earned.
The Guardian
On their third album, the Leeds band shed some distortion to reveal powerful vocals and tough pop melodies – without sacrificing any intensity

Here, the band are more willing than ever to open up their sound, to experiment and, ultimately, to create a record that shines in the face of darkness.

The Line of Best Fit

It's the beginning of 2018 and talk of albums of the year right now is obviously churlish, but on Microshift we're hearing a band hitting their sweet spot with such an effortless swagger that we're sure this is a contender.

Drowned in Sound
You would have to search far and wide to find a transformation in an already great band that works as well as this.
The 405

Touching on themes of mental health, masculinity, romantic breakups, body image anxiety and, above all, grief, Microshift still manages to be the poppiest and most uplifting album of the band’s career.

No Ripcord

Microshift clearly demonstrates that Hookworms are operating on a new level. The sonic adventure of old persists, but the palette has broadened significantly and is further bolstered by a newfound courage to share experiences, thoughts and feelings. At this point, Hookworms might just be the best British band in the business.

Under The Radar
Over an impossibly difficult three years, the band have learnt to fuse the seismic nature of their sound with an emotional transparency that elevates them as a band hugely.

Microshift finds Hookworms drawing a line under their history and taking their first step on a new adventure. They’ve not put a foot wrong yet.

Loud and Quiet
It’s certainly a departure from ‘Pearl Mystic’ and ‘The Hum’; the extended, krautrock jams are eschewed this time in favour of lighter, bouncier soundscapes that place much more importance than ever before on melody.
The Skinny

Microshift utilises the band's propensity for psychedelia and takes it somewhere new: it's the band's most accessible record to date, but the subtle electronic idiosyncrasies keep it interesting.

Reborn through anguish, Hookworms are alive and otherworldly as ever.
While ‘The Hum’ proved a logical step forward for Hookworms, ‘Microshift’ pays little attention to the script, and is all the more thrilling for it.

Their new way of constructing songs and the more open nature of the sound have done nothing to blunt their emotional impact, and Microshift ends up being just as powerful and cathartic as previous works while being richer and more musically satisfying.

Like the reformed partier who now gets their endorphin rush from morning jogs instead of amphetamines, Hookworms have traded in chaos for clarity. The adherence to krautrockin’ repetition remains, but the proto-punk engine has been replaced by electronic loops and glacial synths. Suddenly, a band that once sounded most at home in strobe-lit basement dives now sounds primed for a late-afternoon slot at your roving summer festival of choice.
A.V. Club

Overall, Microshift is the sound of a band pulling itself out of the abyss on the back of its most buoyant music yet.

Northern Transmissions
Employing electronic keyboards and organs, myriad sound effects, a weighty array of stringed instruments and the immense vocal range of band leader MJ, the group has succeeded in reformulating a supposedly outmoded genre for contemporary listeners.
Crack Magazine

Ultimately, Microshift’s bright sound might leave you pining for shadier textures.

we really were starved for quality records early this year weren't we

favorite track: Boxing Day
Had a couple cool synth beats and vocal runs, but all in all a pretty boring effort.
Joyless washed out neopsych. Not really my speed. There’s a lot of seemingly cool ideas on here, but when executed they just fell flat. Not a fan.

Rating: 58/100(middling)
Es Marzo pero el año ha acabado para mi; he obtenido justo lo que deseaba: los sonidos de mis sueños más íntimos han cobrado vida.

Esa mezcla de psicodelia ambiental con una percusión sacada directamente de la Alemania vanguardista durante los años 70's, la escena del Krautrock, junto a melodías pop de lo más simple pero a la vez lo suficientemente pegadizas para no sacarlas de tu mente en varios días, además de uno que ... read more
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Track List

  1. Negative Space
  2. Static Resistance
  3. Ullswater
  4. The Soft Season
  5. Opener
  6. Each Time We Pass
  7. Boxing Day
  8. Reunion
  9. Shortcomings
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Added on: November 1, 2017