Album Review: The Invisible - Rispah
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Following their 2009 Mercury nominated debut, The Invisible make a welcome return with their introspective follow-up Rispah, dedicated to lead singer Dave Okumu’s late mother.
The three-piece supported each other’s musical projects for years before coming together as The Invisible, combining synthesized beats with an experimental rock edge on their self-titled debut that has earned them comparisons with contemporaries Wild Beasts and Bon Iver.
While writing the second album Okumu’s mother, who is also the inspiration for the album's name, passed away. This led Okumu to write a “love letter to grief” which while still carriying their signature sound, takes a darker, stripped-back approach that fuses cutting edge electronica with Okumu’s traditional Kenyan roots.
Fresh, honest, serene, yet anguished; Rispah introduces echoes of Kenyan funeral on ‘A Particle of Love’, mixing the women’s voices with a jarring electro-ethereal sound. This atmosphere defines the album.
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