MY poor brain, still not recovered from Christmas and further addled by the annual onslaught of manflu that January inevitably brings, didn’t quite know what to make of Arc at first.
There was just so much happening early on, all staccato drums and rapid fire vocals, that the repeated line from opening track Cough Cough “Yeah...so...erm...wait a second.” could well have been the little voice in my head.
A couple of listens though, once I’d got my ear in, so to speak, tunes like Torso of the Week and the magnificently unhinged Undrowned easily got under my skin.
This is a witty, complex record very much in Foals or Radiohead territory, but with enough straightforward synth pop elements to make for an easy listen.
Once you get your ear in.