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Boomkat Product Review:
Chicago’s Disappears present their third album for Kranky, and it’s a beauty. Recorded at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, NJ, it’s billed as the band’s “love” album, though digressive lyrical allusions to Philip K. Dick, James Baldwin and Joan of Arc also abound. Stylistically it would be fair to say that Pre Language’s basis is in post-punk – the barked, deadpan vocals are very Fall-indebted and the melodic tics scream suburban Britain circa ’85 - but the guitars are given full rein to rock vociferously, making this album feel more in tune with the spirit of the early 90s and the psyched out riffage of bands like The Darkside and The Charlottes. It’s definitely Disappears’ most muscular album to date, perhaps reflecting that it’s their first as a trio – Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley is now a permanent member (this also explains why the drums sound so prominent, and so good). A great deal more polished than its predecessor, Guider, but still raw and to-the-point, Pre Language will strongly satisfy the cravings of your inner rockist.