Rispah - The Invisible
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  • Summary: The death of singer/guitarist Dave Okumu's mother influenced the second full-length release for the London, England-based trio.
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  1. Jun 29, 2012
    Irrespective of genre or decade, 'Rispah' is an astonishing tsunami of emotion which above all, makes you feel alive.
  2. Jun 26, 2012
    Rispah is a brilliantly sustained meditation that offers a full, enriching experience.
  3. Jul 16, 2012
    Rispah strikes as a truly unique entry in the band's catalogue: rarely is such close-quarters confession expressed in such musically fitting, yet simultaneously innovative terms.
  4. Jun 26, 2012
    Playful and emotional if a touch polite, it's marked by moments of genuine greatness.
  5. Aug 23, 2012
    This cohesive collection is an eerie and nuanced collection that will reward the listener with multiple listens.
  6. Jul 5, 2012
    The melodies drift rather aimlessly but the wonderfully groggy textures will stay with you like the best kind of sonic Valium. [Aug 2012, p.75]
  7. Jun 26, 2012
    The Invisible are to be found exploring more interesting areas--working up a noise they can justifiably call their own.

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  1. Jul 7, 2013
    London band and industry stalwarts likely had something different planned out for the followup to their Mercury-nominated self-titled 2009 debut, but as it always does, life interfered. During the recording process, singer/guitarist Dave Okumu's mother passed away, and the Kenyan lamentations that women sang during the funeral inform much of the mood here melancholy after the instrumental "A Particle of Love", joyous as the album's outro during "Protection." This is a much more introspective and haunted effort, seamlessly sequenced, and smoldering with the band's incredibly tight chemistry. The more upbeat songs from the debut are missed, but they are still capable of keeping true to their sound while pushing things forward. A sensational album that definitely needs to be more widely heard. Expand