The Mindsweep is the title of the brand new album from English foursome – Enter Shikari. This is the band’s 4th full-length album and their most progressive yet. The band has always been renowned for breaking all music barriers, the Shikari genre cannot be explained in 25 words or less. The band can be seen as prominently hardcore/edm, but elements of their music go so much deeper. Their sound has influences that range from hip hop to punk to hardcore to trance to dubstep to etc to etc, I won’t continue to explore, because it will be the whole piece, but you get the idea.
The Mindsweep is no exception to this mashup of genres; it has massive breakdowns, huge melodies, hip-hop verses & pop based dance breaks. The album tackles all facets of the human condition, which they have always gone on and spread through their lyrics. The songs arrange from uniting the human race, to understanding how fucked up our health and politic systems truly are. It is not only inspiring, but eye opening; as sheltered fan of the band, after listening to this album you can learn more about yourself, your values and the world around you.
The whole album is a complete work of art, although as a first time listener you won’t understand it at all, it will seem all over the place, but once you embrace the SHIKARI, you’ll understand the genius of this band. This genius has continued throughout their career, whether on record or live. Seeing this band live is like hearing the record, but you’ve taken a fuck load of drugs, I mean really really good drugs. The level is brought up, even typing this out, I have memory chills everywhere! I digress, but after seeing the band at least 10 times, every time I see them, it’s always the best yet. The combination of intensity, solid sounds, stage presence, band skill & the ability to not to fully know what you are about to hear. What I mean by that is the band will play a track that you might know in and out, its embedded in your brain forever, but live the band will fuck with that, play the majority of the song then change up the breakdown or the chorus to something different, but always better, they have found ways to make their already amazing songs, sound better, and the surprise of a new beat dropping at a point where your 100% confident of what is about to happen, is one of the best things to experience as a music fan. In their sets, they commonly try to unite fans to celebrate the band together by building human pyramids, even at Brisbane Soundwave a few years ago when it was pissing down rain the crowd did what the band had asked for, to unite towards a cause.
You can never predict what an Enter Shikari album is going to sound like and The Mindsweep is exactly that, unpredictable, but it’s to the core of what the band is, writing music that is exciting at every turn. This album instills to me why I’m a Enter Shikari fan, hence why this more of an Shikari personal history lesson more so than an album review, because this band has constantly brought me joy.
- Trent R