a3888090651_16Sargent House – July 8th

In a recent interview concerning new song ‘Coconut Crab’, Henry Tremain name-checks ‘One Thing’ by Amerie, ‘Hey Ya!’ by OutKast and “any Talking Heads song” as pop songs that successfully “jam on the same idea for a whole song using dynamic, textural and melodic variations to keep the interest”. While ‘Coconut Crab’ doesn’t skyrocket to the pop stratosphere, as Tremain admits, “it’s pretty close for a TTNG song”. Despite the band being down on numbers on Disappointment Island, this their first as a trio, it makes little noticeable difference. The dizzying knot of complex riffs and intricate time signatures remains because, well, that’s what TTNG do, but tracks such as ‘Whatever Whenever’ and ‘Sponkulus Nodge’ bristle with a playfulness not heard before. It’s math rock, with a welcome injection of giddiness.

Buy: TTNG – Disappointment Island