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SEXTILE – ‘Albeit Living’ Album Review

SEXTILE – Albeit Living

sextileLA-based astrologically named trio Sextile has announced the launch of their second album. Albeit Living will be released on July 14th via felte. As a fixture in the Los Angeles underground over recent years, Sextile have been gaining a devout following since their inception in 2015. The band channel early 1970’s punk rock with the Goth Sisters Of Mercy and even some industrial.

Albeit Living opens with the excellent One Of These where a compelling drumbeat is joined by a keyboard riff and vocal that sounds like Tubeway Army have slept with the Jesus & Mary Chain to produce a brilliant and unique dance track.  The album title, inspired by a Circle X song, means in-spite of living and sets the tone for a politically charged, introspective album.

Who Killed Six reminded me of early Cabaret Voltaire with a Mark E. Smith style vocal. The ten-song album is a compelling package and Ripped ups the pace with a pulsating keyboard, dance-beats, wall of sound guitar and a package of PiL style post-punk rock!

On Floored, Sextile open with an accessible keyboard riff, dance rhythm and mournful guitar all underpinning a distant “recorded in the basement” vocal – some Alan Vega feel on this one. The 5th track, Mental, manically marches along, hits some Test Dep’t rhythms and will be a floor pleaser with some eclectic rhythm that just burrows into your very soul.

Sextile get things moving with Sterilized a techno-infused dance monster that is followed by Das Cat where the guitar lick is the glue for a Fall like anthem. The aptly titled Situations is another techno-beat, dark track with some weird synthesizer samples and Joy Division vibe.

The second to last song, Crisis creeps up on you and then launches into a straight up punk rocker with pace, chunky guitar and power drums – great effort! The album closes with AVC and, by now, I’m hooked on Sextile…that Cabaret Voltaire comparison runs true and the band are dark, inventive and fresh…loved this one.

Albeit Living is released on felte July 14th, 2017 and you can get a copy here, and the band is hitting the road for a run of West Coast dates with ADULT.  UK dates to follow.