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

A “head twisting mix” of punk, techno, indie, & electro, Spanish band Belako have shared their third album Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence via Primavera Sound’s label El Segell. The group were already well versed in fusing different 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 riffs and lush vocals. There’s no time to catch your breath as ‘Lungs’ immediately follows, still bursting with the same organised musical chaos.

‘Two Faced Simulation’ impresses with its gritty bass lines, 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. ‘Nice Church’ is a joyful tune, combining both buoyant and dense synths 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’, which is permeated by forceful beats. The uplifting party-style synths on ‘The Fiend Thinker’ will get listeners 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 manic indie and alternative sounds. With Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence, Belako have shown their skill for creating carnivalesque, yet ornate and considered music.

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

Kate Crudgington