ALBUM: Belako – ‘Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence’

Basque country band Belako have shared their third album Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence via Primavera Sound’s in-house label El Segell; and it’s a “head twisting mix” of punk, techno, indie, & electro. The group are well versed in fusing genres, and their talent for doing so has thrived on this record.

Upbeat cacophony ‘Maskenfreiheit’ kicks things off in trademark Belako style, with a manic mix of electronics, guitar, and lush vocals. There’s no time to catch your breath as ‘Lungs’ immediately follows, still brimming with the same organised musical chaos.

‘Two Faced Simulation’ impresses with its gritty basslines, restless guitar riffs and heavier vocal delivery, whilst following track ‘Over The Edge’ keeps up the momentum with sharp, persistent percussion and more driving bass lines: the casual threat of tying your friend to “a chair” and “breaking his legs” has never sounded so appealing.

‘Nice Church’ is an alt-electronic joy of a tune, combining both buoyant and dense synth-sounds with watery-fx vocals and more powerful percussion. Even when they sing of losing emotional focus on ‘Stumble’, Belako keep everything together musically. ‘Stumble II’ is equally as well constructed, with gentle keys tripping over more lush vocals.

The stripped back, hazy ‘Strangers In A Box’ follows, before brief instrumental ‘Render Arp’ leads in to title track ‘Render Me Numb’: permeated by strong vocals and forceful beats. The uplifting party-style synths on ‘The Fiend Thinker’ will get your feet moving, whilst the happily named ‘Something To Adore (Arinau)’ rolls out in the same passionate vein.

Penultimate track ‘Hegodun Baleak II’ meanders musically for five minutes, before the brief ‘Maskenfreiheit II’ bookends this fusion of indie, electronic, alternative sounds. With Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence, Belako have proved they’re adept at creating carnivalesque, ornate, considered sounds.

Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence is available now. Follow Belako on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington

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