Hookworms – In Our Time

I haven’t yet experienced the absolute euphoria that led Drowned in Sound to name Pearl Mystic as their album of the year, and winner of the Neptune prize, their part-popular vote, part editorial decision alternative to the more anodyne Mercury prize. Perhaps one day it will come; most likely shortly after smoking something pretty potent.

Once or twice, however, it hits the heights, as the meandering actually gains something approaching focus. Album opener ‘Away / Towards’ builds slowly but surely into a fierce rage; “In Our Time”, in contrast, is a stoner shoegazer’s wet dream: each player seems barely aware of the path they are taking, yet somehow their collective drunkard’s walk comes together as they simultaneously peak. When the bass comes back in for what passes for a chorus, it marks the start of a gorgeously hypnotic few bars.