Having dropped some of the finest albums released over the last two years, SAULT are back again with a fifth LP that is musically looser and lighter than recent forebears but is no less locked in to weighty subjects. Focusing on gang culture, isolation, and the fragmentation of community, various tracks explicitly call out the collective’s London roots. The result is an album that creates continuity by adding layers of musical and lyrical detail while seeming to strip away layers of indeterminate obfuscation to get at an inner (collective or personal) truth.

Musically and lyrically ‘Nine’ is far reaching, resonant and affecting and, at little over half an hour of run time, over far too quickly. If you haven’t caught up on the SAULT story yet, start here and then we’re sure it won’t be long until, like us, you’re all in.

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