A solid release that shows the band growing comfortable with a new range of compositions and Pike settling into his role of frontman.
Bookended by spacey, ambient electro tracks – Shiver provides a particularly good introduction – the majority of the album presents a cold take on pop, instruments synthetic and distant in a way that creates an interesting albeit undemanding listening experience. The title track is an album highlight, Pike's vocals sliced, distorted and layered, used as rhythm, before rising out clean. The guitar is weak, unnecessarily simple against the electronic tricks, but the track still holds a great degree of interest and represents the cleanest merging on Homosapien of PVT's older and current sounds. Casual Success, meanwhile, is the best example of their new focus. With ringing percussion, punchy distorted bass and vocal harmonies, it's a clear break away but includes enough musical deconstruction that it remains a unique interpretation.
Homosapien is not an amazing album – the songs lack the immediacy and energy that has characterised PVT's best work – but in its place they've achieved a consistency that was previously missing, leading to a solid release that shows the band growing comfortable with a new range of compositions and Pike settling into his role of frontman.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.