‘1000 Seasons’ casts The Rentals in a glowing light, with their first album for 15 years arriving at month’s end
Opening with the familiar combination of synth filth and guitar dirge that Sharp has taken as his popgun, it’s as if they never left. Retained too is the desire to hide their melodies just under the surface. Consequently there’s a subtle addiction to be found in the band’s mastery of the pop dynamic, with their layers of noise used to create a songwriting approach that makes it impossible not to nod along.
With a sound as dense as a swimming pool of custard, 1000 Seasons is Krautrock for the plaid shirt generation and with Lost In Alphaville due out in three weeks, this is the perfect primer.
Verdict: Weighty, synth addled alt-Kraut