The difference between the fourth album of the Chicago band Disappears and its predecessor "Pre Language" is unmistakable. Pre Language", a collection of gripping song contractions whose clear, hard and precise math rock took place somewhere in the triangle of Fugazi, Sonic Youth and Jesus Lizard, the disappearing ones present themselves on their new CD much more mystical and cloudy. The tracks have become longer and darker, the beat of the new drummer Noah Leger is full of syncopations, quite different from the straight drumming of Steve Shelley on the last record. The overall sound is softer, the once smooth surfaces are covered with a layer of brittle velour reinforced by reverb and vocal soft focus. What has remained is the radicality with which sound research is carried out here under one roof. Especially the guitarists Brian Case and Jonathan van Herik get a lot out of their box of tricks. In a total of seven songs they have enough space to unfold freely. All in all, "Era" is warmer and more binding, but this doesn't allow a conclusion about the half-life of the album.
Top track: New House