TUNE Islet - Radel 10
A Powys trio whose free-spirited invention and exuberant intensity flows through experimental pop: hypnotic, exhilarating and defiantly unique. The Welsh band Islet return with the release of their long-awaited new album, and follow-up to 2016’s Liquid Half Moon EP, on 6th March 2020.
Their finest and most definitive work to date, these eleven tracks of crystalline beauty are shot through with the band’s devious pop sensibility.
‘Radel 10’ is named after a tabla drum machine, which along with relentless snare crack provides a Young Fathers inflected rhythm track to accompany multi-tracked variations of Emma. The defiant lyrics - ‘Go back where? No’ - were inspired in part by The Good Immigrant, the landmark anthology of essays on race and immigration by BAME writers.
If you have enjoyed Islet’s previous work, you’ll be taken back at the level of melodic verve and lyrical intensity they have accomplished here; if you’re new to them, then brace yourself for a journey to the other side of pop with Eyelet.