Inhabits a crepuscular world
O. Children - Apnea

Named after a Nick Cave song, this London four-piece wear bring to mind a number of influences. A gothic leitmotif alludes to other lugubrious acts - Joy Division, Echo And The Bunnymen, The National - but 2010’s self-titled debut proved to have panache when not viewed as pastiche. ‘Apnea’ is the culmination of a tumultuous legal battle for frontman Tobi O’Kandi. He was threatened with deportation to Nigeria during its creation and developed the sleeping condition due to stress. Consequently the album inhabits a more crepuscular world than its predecessor. ‘I Know (You Love Me)’ is a superbly sardonic break-up song, and PT Cruiser’s crashing guitars are grimly gripping too.

8/10

Words by SIMON BUTCHER
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