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Immense | Hidden Between Sleeves (Fierce Panda)
And so into an increasingly cluttered scene re-step Immense. Four years on from their bright 'Evil Ones And Zeros' debut on Fat-Cat, they're back, and now extended from a duo to a quintet, with added guest vocals courtesy of bizarrely-named American Rocky Votolato. It's been worth the wait. Crossing post-rock, delicate dub and tiny hues of electronica with remotely emotive words, Immense inhabit a world where experimentation meets melody, in some kind of parallel universe to the one which Radiohead now often choose to inhabit. It's cold, and distant, yet also wholly melancholic and slowly seductive, with similar qualities to recent work by both Mogwai and Sigur Ros. In an overly-congested genre, Immense's gold-card status somehow seems assured.

Ian Fletcher
CWAS #13 - Autumn 2003

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