I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been eagerly anticipating the latest release by St Albans quartet Enter Shikari, who exploded onto the scene in 2003 and haven’t looked back since. Their debut album Take to the Skies went straight to No.4 in the UK album chart on its release, and a huge following on Myspace and later Twitter etc, firmly cemented Enter Shikari at the top of the UK alt scene.

The Mindsweep is the band’s fourth full length offering, and is due to drop almost three years to the day since 2012’s A Flash Flood of Colour. No less politically motivated than its predecessor, The Mindsweep might not be to everyone’s tastes lyrically, but if you can put aside your views on the current state of the country in the name of a bloody good album then you won’t be disappointed. Musically, it’s absolute genius. Again, you witness their sound mature as the album progresses, taking on a totally new direction from previous releases and seamlessly blending multiple genres into one – I think this may be one of my favourites to date.

I spent much of my time listening to The Mindsweep desperately trying to pick out a stand out track. ‘The Last Garrison’, lead single from the album, perfectly blends synth, screaming and clean vocals, reminds me so beautifully of ‘Common Dreads’ and provides the greatest scream along refrain in the form of ‘heads up and thank f**k you’re still alive’ that it makes me feel ready to take on the world. ‘The Bank of England’ provides some of my absolute favourite lyrics to date, and is such a wonderfully clever track, likewise, ‘Dear Future Historians’ is the new ‘Constellations’, beautiful, moving, and with some stunning lyrics backed by Rou’s talents as a pianist. Then of course, you can’t forget the final track on the album ‘The Appeal & The Mindsweep II” – heavy, angry and of course bringing back lyrics from the iconic ‘Sorry You’re Not a Winner’ which may have made me squeal in surprise and come over all emotional.

With each and every release to date, Enter Shikari have matured and developed, and each and every time I don’t see how it can get any better – but it does, with their sound changing and developing naturally, and firmly cementing them as one of the most original bands to develop over the last decade. I’m excited to see what the future holds for them.

– Lucy-Jayne 

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