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Microshift

Hookworms

Microshift

Third album from the Leeds-based psychedelic indie quintet, the first release since the flooding of their former studio

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Domino
UK Release date
02/02/2018
US Release date
02/02/2018
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    In an ever-changing landscape for British ‘guitar music’ – hello Shame, farewell Wild Beasts – this is a sound, a set of songs, that deserves to expand the size of Hookworms’ hard-won community. It’s been well earned
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Microshift manages to be both their most accessible work and their most intense: the sound of an already powerful band gaining not just clarity, but focus
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  3. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It's the beginning of the 2018 and talk of albums of the year right now is obviously churlish, but on Microshift we're hearing a band hitting their sweet spot with such an effortless swagger that we're sure this is a contender
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  4. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    If this isn’t one of the albums of the year then we must be in for something special
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  5. 9.0 |   The 405

    Hookworms step into the light on Microshift, making the leap from a really good band to an absolutely essential one
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  6. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    At this point, Hookworms might just be the best British band in the business. For a band defined by its part-time DIY ethos, this is quite the accomplishment
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  7. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Undoubtedly their best effort to date
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    One thing for sure, though, is that Hookworms sound a damn sight more energetic than anyone could have expected in the circumstances. Rejuvenated, even
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    Microshift ends up being just as powerful and cathartic as previous works while being richer and more musically satisfying
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Microshift finds Hookworms drawing a line under their history and taking their first step on a new adventure. They’ve not put a foot wrong yet
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    Reborn through anguish, Hookworms are alive and otherworldly as ever
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A wonderful record. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Q

    Expanding your sound without losing your edge is a tough trick to pull off, but Hookworms manage it with inner space to spare. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Mojo

    An unusual yet utterly coherent balance of tenderness and euphoria, vulnerability and invention. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   DIY

    Bristles with life and never sits still
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  16. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Microshift utilises Hookworms' propensity for psychedelia and takes it somewhere new, resulting in their most accessible record to date
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  17. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    The sonic shift hinted at by their third album’s title isn’t so much a radical overhaul as a re-energising of their affirmative impetus
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  18. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    As we get deeper into Microshift, it becomes clear that Hookworms’ evolution from unruly noisemakers to art-pop sophisticates isn’t purely aesthetic
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  19. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    The sound of a band pulling itself out of the abyss on the back of its most buoyant music yet
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  20. 6.8 |   Earbuddy

    It’s arguable that Microshift‘s sonic change-up only allows more opportunity for the band to go buck wild. And they do for the entire album
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  21. 6.0 |   Crack

    Ultimately, Microshift’s bright sound might leave you pining for shadier textures
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