A new LP by Italia 90, best kept se­cret of con­tem­po­rary british post punk, who so far have man­aged to com­plete­ly avoid as well as out­live the hype cy­cle some of their peers have been rid­ing hard over the past few years. Hard to be­lieve at this point that this is ac­tu­al­ly their first full length re­lease. Over­all, they're stay­ing true to them­selves here with­out mak­ing things too easy ei­ther for them­selves or the au­di­ence, strik­ing a del­i­cate bal­ance be­tween catchy tunes á la New Fac­to­ry, Tales From Be­yond and more cum­ber­some son­ic as­saults like Mag­da­lene and Gol­gatha. Oth­er­wise, a slight­ly Wire-es­que open­ing track gives way to a more fa­mil­iar sound­scape ow­ing a lot to the clas­sics of, among oth­ers, Swell Maps and Mem­branes, the oc­ca­sion­al hint of Crass. Or al­ter­nate­ly, you might al­so draw some com­par­isons to more re­cent acts like Ex­ek, ear­ly Pro­tomar­tyr.