In recent interviews, Manchester-based four-piece Everything Everything have cited the influence of 2014’s cavalcade of horror stories – Isis beheadings, Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree – on their third album. While there are clear echoes in Jonathan Higgs’s never knowingly underblown lyrics (most notably the chillingly delivered line “I’m going to kill a stranger” on No Reptiles), they are balanced by a string of disconcertingly euphoric choruses. Deftly produced by Stuart (Madonna, New Order) Price, the result is an album of astonishing depth, brimming with ideas and equally at home on the dancefloor or as the subject of intense, chin-stroking dissection. As with their previous work, it transcends easy genre-pigeonholing, but imagine a Radiohead you can dance to and you’re getting close.
Phil Mongredien works on the Guardian's opinion desk. He also reviews albums for Q magazine