Over the last decade, Detroit's Protomartyr have steadily grown from a humble DIY outfit into one of the world's leading names in the post-punk scene. Originally keeping their sound more rustic and traditional in their earliest years, their recent popularity has allowed them the freedom to explore more unconventional ideas that have only added pace and speed to their ever-upward growth. And after a rousing response to their 2020 LP 'Ultimate Success Today', they return once again with their sixth studio album 'Formal Growth In The Desert', a record brimming with explosive textures from beginning to end.
While on the surface they do inhabit a strong post-punk intention with everything they create, there is something about their direction that adds a more euphoric edge to their material, and this is exactly what we get to experience on 'Formal Growth In The Desert'. Keeping the same organic aesthetic they have always looked to pursue, this new full-length is filled with raw and impactful moments that not only keep the record moving forward, but also makes for a wonderfully embracing listen, jam-packed with surprising moments from start to finish.
While those familiar with their recent work won't be too surprised at this level of innovative ideals, 'Formal Growth In The Desert' would still make for a powerful introduction to those just discovering them as well. Rarely faltering or losing track of its energy, their latest full-length marks another vital entry in their expressive repertoire to date.