Dutch Uncles deliver another complex gem in ‘O Shudder’

(Photo by Adrian Lambert)

(Photo by Adrian Lambert)

‘O Shudder’
Dutch Uncles (self-released)
3.5 stars out of 5

There’s nothing at all simple about British math rock five-piece Dutch Uncles. The lads first popped up on my radar a couple years ago with the release of third full-length “Out of Touch, In the Wild,” and they’re back with arguably their most accessible platter to date in “O Shudder.”

Dutch Uncles CDThe melodies are wonderfully complex and the arrangements suitably sophisticated on an 11-track album that whisks by in an efficient 42 minutes. Dutch Uncles drew inspiration from artists as varied as Kate Bush and Igor Stravinsky for an album that frontman Duncan Wallis says covers themes like “pregnancy, social media, terrorism, divorce, sexual dysfunction, job seeking, health scares, doubt and love.”

Things get off to a strong start with “Babymaking” and “Upsilon,” and Dutch Uncles later score with “Decided Knowledge,” “I Should Have Read,” Given Thing,” “Don’t Sit Back (Frankie Said)” and “Tidal Weight.” If you like what you hear on “O Shudder,” I encourage to revisit the band’s earlier albums. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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