Enter Shikari // Nothing is True & Everything Is Possible // Album Review

Lets travel back to 2007. A new band, Enter Shikari, had just burst onto the music scene with one of the most unique sounds of the time that blended genres with incredible ease on their debut album Take To The Skies. 13 years later, they’re about to launch their highly anticipated 6th studio album Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible. 

Being a band whose sound changes drastically between each release, I was incredibly excited to see what Shikari had in store for listeners within this album. Be it from the pounding DnB found within the opening track THE GREAT UNKNOWN or the epic orchestral soundscapes of Waltzing off the Face of the Earth (I. Crescendo), the experimental approach the band has mastered from day one is here in potentially the strongest form of the band’s career.

A perfect example of this is in track 6, apocaholics anonymous (main theme in B minor), a short one and a half minute track that blends Drum and Bass, Hip-Hop and punk in a cohesive journey. Alongside these experiments within sound though we also have songs like the thumping Marionettes (II. The Ascent) which feels like a throwback to the bands incredibly early work from Common Dreads with an incredibly prominent vocal performance from Rou Reynolds and a bass line that shakes your bones.

Another thing the album has done perfectly is the singles. From my first time listening to {The Dreamer’s Hotel}, I found myself absorbed in the new sound the band is pursuing with this release, bringing in a much more pop sound while keeping the heaviness and aggression that could be found from their inception. This is also prominent in another of the singles, T.I.N.A. 

All in all, this album is both a completely new audio adventure, but also a love letter to the early days of the band. Be it from the ridiculously heavy electronic beats and breakdowns to the orchestral soundscapes that rise and fall like crashing waves into the very depths of your mind, there is something here for everyone thanks to the overall accessibility of Enter Shikari’s music. This album is nothing short of a masterpiece and is one of the best contenders for this year’s album of the year. Listen to this album, and listen to it loud, you will not be disappointed.

 

Daniel Stapleton

 

Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’ tracklist:

1.The Great Unknown

2.Crossing The Rubicon

3. { The Dreamers Hotel }

4. Waltzing off the Face of the Earth (I. Crescendo)

5. modern living…

6. apocoholics anonymous (main theme in B minor)

7. the pressure’s on

8. Reprise 3

9. T.I.N.A

10.Elegy For Extinction

11. Marionettes (I. The Discovery of Strings)

12. Marionettes (II. The Ascent)

13. satellites

14. the king

15. Waltzing off the Face of the Earth (II. Piangevole)

 

To be amongst the first to hear ’Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’ pre order here: https://orcd.co/nothingistrue

Tickets will be available to those who pre-order the album from the online band store and to members of the band’s Future Historians fan club.

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