Is it independent? Is it Spacerock? Or punk? Maybe psychedelic? Probably there is some of it in "Pearl Mystic", the new album of the Hookworms. The quartet from Leeds, England, starts with "Away/Towards", which would be a powerful driving spacerock à la Hawkwind if there weren't these high chants, which clearly have a punk attitude. Also the following "Form And Function" and the funky "Preservation" are more Emocore and Independent. But with the tracks "I", "II" and "III" Hookwort's ambient new art rock sounds are dedicated: Drumming and noises, which are connecting pieces between the other songs. "In Our Time" and above all the hymnal "Since We Had Changed" come along calmer, often with striking bass, but they don't lose their ethereal, strange character. The echoed vocals or the unusual keyboard sounds in the background make sure of that. Finally "What We Talk About" presents a strange slide guitar. Pearl Mystic doesn't make any sense. Is that why it's so interesting?
Top Track: Since We Had Changed