Animic – Skin
“The mirror crack’d from side to side: ‘The doom has come upon me’
The new album from Animic is simply outstanding, the band hold up a mirror to the modern world and the reflection is not a pretty one. The eight songs confront the uncertain times we live in and the fear that is abroad, engendered by climate change, a shift away from the liberal consensus, war, famine, the dystopian potential of technology and the atomisation of modern life. We all die alone, more so than ever. Gem repeats the line “I can’t offer you that much, except love”. Is love enough?
The songs reflect the cold, clinical atmosphere of the society it muses upon, all ominous electronics, uneasy shuddering beats, the hunting, the haunting. If it all sounds overwhelming, or indeed grim, then it isn’t at all. There are moments of quiet elegance, of reflection, of furious excitement, the vocals are beautiful, the arrangements are elegiac, suffused with humanity. The closing track, Whales, is a wonderful coda that stayed with me hours after I heard it first.
Animic have released the record with eight fully formed films also, almost like House Of Cards. It’s obvious that a huge amount of work and care has gone into Skin and it pays off in spades.