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Album Review

Cheatahs – Mythologies

Cheatahs - Mythologies

‘Mythologies’ is as expansive and intangible as the name it possesses.

Label: Wichita Recordings
Released: 30th October 2015

Rating: ★★★★

Roaming through various recording spaces everywhere from London to Glasgow, Cheatahs have birthed a record that echoes outside of time and location. Sprawling and cinematic, yet equally raw and raucous, ‘Mythologies’ is a venture through everything the band are. From the ethereal shoegaze of ‘Red Lakes (Sternstunden)’ to the droning chimes of ‘Reverie Bravo’, the London quartet forge a sound that’s entirely transformative.

Taking the name from a collection of essays by theorist Roland Barthes, ‘Mythologies’ echoes with the same sense of awe that accompanies modern myths. The group’s second album (and their third release this year following EPs ‘Sunne’ and ‘Murasaki’), it’s a whole new world for listeners to get lost in. Immersive and all encompassing, the band mesmerise and fascinate as strongly as they ever have done.

Drawing into question ideals of fiction and reality, ‘Channel View’ demonstrates the band sounding their most immediate. Despite what it’s title may suggest, ‘In Flux’ is driven through its core by unfailingly steady rhythms. It’s these contradictions and tiers of meaning that makes ‘Mythologies’ so impressive. Take what you want, learn what you will, or simply enjoy what you hear – Cheatahs have crafted a record that appeals through every layer.

Channelling garage pop through the four-piece’s distinctively vibrant vision, ‘Hey, Sen’ is as grungy and open-hearted as Cheatahs will ever be, whilst ‘Su-pra’ delves into the feel of an unforeseen, shadowy future. ‘Seven Sisters’ is the band at the height of their prowess. Enchanting, almost spiritual vocals resound at the forefront of raw yet rounded guitars, rippling melodies, and droning synths, making the track as full-bodied as they come.

Dark in nature, with topics often hazy in translation, ‘Mythologies’ is as expansive and intangible as the name it possesses. Serving variety and intrigue as dish of the day, the record excels as both real and rare. Jessica Goodman