||Available now. Double LP, in a single 5mm spine sleeve. Anhedonia is Oxford band Undersmile’s second album, and their sixth release since forming in 2009. Never ones to repeat themselves, Undersmile have continued to evolve from their grunge-inspired debut 2010 EP A Sea of Dead Snakes, to the nightmarish doom of their debut album Narwhal, and their epic 23 minute track Titanaboa from their split with Nottingham noise-merchants Bismuth. Ever restless, they even released a split LP with their own acoustic band, Coma Wall in 2013. Clocking in at over 70 minutes, Anhedonia is the spiritual successor to 2012’s Narwhal, and an elegant synthesis of the band’s entire back-catalogue. Anhedonia finds the band experimenting with a wider sonic palette and dynamic range, utilising clean guitars and cellos as much as Skyhammer Studio’s collection of vintage amps and fuzz boxes. As a result, Anhedonia is an album that leads you down labyrinthine paths of harmony and discord, amplification and acoustics.
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