London indie outfit The Invisible are back this month with their sophomore LP Rispah, following 2009’s Mercury Prize-nominated self-titled album. Dave Okumu and co. – who have been compared favourably to the likes of TV on the Radio and Bloc Party in the past – have delivered something more melancholic and spiritual this time around, with less of the sprightly space-pop which can be found on their debut. Okumu describes Rispah as “a love letter to grief”, following the passing of his mother (Rispah), and this is evident throughout the course of this emotional, passionate and majestic album. The Invisible’s wide range of influences – from traditional African music and psalm tones and devotional music, to In a Silent Way-era Miles Davis and Radiohead’s trailblazing electronica – create a diverse and fascinating canvas for the group to paint from here, and the result is a rich, genre-defying and timeless album; easily my favourite British release of the year. The Invisible released a video for the single ‘Wings’ today, their second from Rispah, and you can also find that below.
Rispah is out now. Stream it below.
Watch the video for ‘Wings’ below.
Watch the video for ‘Protection’ below.