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Single Review: Liars – Scissor (EMI/Mute)

By | Published on Monday 8 March 2010


‘Scissor’ marks the first single proper from Liars’ latest album, ‘Sisterworld’, which apparently explores “the underground support system created to deal with loss of self to society”. So far, so bleak: and this sort of introspective apocalypticism is a fair indication of their sound.  Self-imploding, ear-corroding, synapse-wrenching and utterly thrilling; ‘Scissor’ ticks all the boxes of what we have come to expect from these guys.

Solemnly processing in – like a spectral, chilling paean – the track lulls the listener with funereal sincerity before lurching into Liars’ trademark sonic detritus. Reeling back and forth from pallor to triumphant, and acerbic noise collisions, further turmoil arrives with the cameo of a Nick Cave-style murder ballad moment. “I dragged her body to the parking lot/I tried to find her saviour amongst the cars”, vocalist Angus Andrew drawlingly confesses, delving into terrifying pits of guilt, mournful cellos and white noise.  Liars, you frighten us. This is why we love you.  EG

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