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Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Invisible: Patience review – complex and brilliantly original pop

Following their 2012 album inspired by grief, Dave Okumu and band now deliver one steeped in joy, and full of ingenious details that only reveal themselves with multiple listens

Like its predecessor, 2012’s Rispah, you could describe the third album by the south London trio the Invisible as a record inspired by stark intimations of mortality. Four years ago, it was the death of frontman Dave Okumu’s mother midway through recording that provided the emotional fuel for the trio’s songs. Patience, meanwhile, is haunted by Okumu’s own first-hand brush with death: after he suffered an electric shock while playing on stage in Lagos, his life was apparently saved by bassist Tom Herbert removing the guitar from his hands. The former incident provoked what Okumu called “a love letter to grief”: 50 minutes of music that was moving, intense and occasionally harrowing, woven through with samples of traditional Kenyan spirituals recorded at his mother’s wake. The latter, on the other hand, has brought on “a deeper understanding of the value of life”, and a desire to capture “joy and gratitude for being alive”.

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