Marmozets – ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ (Album Review)
There’s no such thing as a Marmozets B-side. The Northern quintet’s debut The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets turned out to be my favourite album of 2014, a consistent barrage of killer tracks with all the fat trimmed away. Marmozets are able to marry insane time changes and catchy hooks, weaving the weird and wonderful together into a series of modern classics.
Knowing What You Know Now is significantly less odd than The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets. Freaky rhythmic structures are now primarily replaced by stomping 4/4 grooves and sharp alt-rock riffage – but since Marmozets have their own unique sound, long-time listeners may barely care that they’ve moved still further away from the Dillinger-Escape-Plan-on-crack approach taken in their early days.
I certainly don’t, anyway – and I say that as a mathcore fan.
In any case, Knowing What You Know Now is a freshly accessible and rock-radio-friendly album stuffed with firecrackers and solid, mature songwriting. Personally, Habits, Major System Error, Lost In Translation, and Suffocation are current favourites – but as was the case with The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets, my top picks are likely to change with the wind. I have a feeling that this album’s more low-key cuts (Insomnia, Me & You, and slowly building closer Run With The Rhythm) will be definite growers – and then you have the pure filth running through the likes of far-in-advance single Play, Meant To Be, Start Again, Like A Battery, and New Religion.
Overall, then…fucking hell. Marmozets have now proven that they don’t need to rely on massively complex freakouts in order to be unpredictable. They’ve hit a new creative high; this album’s heightened accessibility will hopefully earn them many more fans; and from here, they could easily go in a more pop-oriented direction or draw sustenance from their roots and get weirder still.
No matter what creative decisions Marmozets may make in the future, Knowing What You Know Now is another strong contender for album of the year. Fact.
LTK RATING: 100% (Essential Listening!)
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Knowing What You Know Now is out now; buy it on iTunes here.