Three years after their acclaimed self-titled debut album (nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2009), The Invisible have just put out their second work, their first for Ninja Tune. A first listen to “Rispah” confirms that as Dave Okumu has explained, it’s an album fuelled by the melancholy and feeling of despair experienced by the singer after his mother’s death. These feelings are expressed in songs that exude mystical depth and a certain air of devout spirituality.
On the musical side, the trio that also includes Tom Herbert and Leo Taylor create a dense melting pot of references ranging from rock to folk and including the more psychedelic side of hip hop and electronica. As an homage, in songs like “What Happened” there are vocal samples of the women who sang traditional songs at Okumu’s mother’s funeral, which turned out to be an enlightening experience—he claims that they ended up being one of the album’s big inspirations—for the leader of The Invisible.
“Rispah” is available on CD and as a digital download now, but if you want it on vinyl, you’ll have to wait until 9th July. Listen to the whole album below.