Mission of Burma – Unsound
Perhaps few would’ve predicted that Mission of Burma’s ‘one-off reunion show’ in 2002 would lead to anything beyond maybe a smattering of dates here and there, much less a full-blown tour or an album. But ten years deep and four albums down, the Boston post-punkers have far exceeded all expectations. While there has been much speculation from the band themselves year on year about how long they’ll stay active, their latest album hardly feels like a curtain call.
From the slick, ragged dance of Dust Devil, to the melodic and brazen Second Television, there is no audible sign of a band relenting, but rather one at the top of their game. This Is Hi-fi is a blur of Bob Weston-helmed tape loops and unhinged, noisy washes, while Sectionals In Mourning is a flat out fist-raiser; two aesthetics that are regularly explored throughout what turns out to be one of their finest releases to date.