The Rakes (V2)

Adjourning to Germany for the recording of their third album has had the presumably unintended effect of making The Rakes sound even more British than they did already.

Ten songs in less than half an hour, Klang is a bright, focused distillation of the group’s jagged post-punk aesthetic, hampered by the monotony of Alan Donohoe’s croon.

Commercially the ship has probably already sailed, but this is a credible attempt at swimming to catch up. WILL FULFORD-JONES