The Invisible return with the next single from their critically-acclaimed second album, “Rispah.” “Generational” sums up just about everything that makes the Invisible such a great band. That they can make raw, heartfelt, sophisticated guitar-based music that doesn’t sound like anyone else out there sums up their unique place in British music.
A tune about how problems get passed from generation to generation, the band called upon a legend from an earlier generation to provide a remix. The one and only Theo Parrish jumped at the chance and turned in a fifteen minute epic which builds in intensity and complexity as it develops. A fitting counterpoint is provided by Anna Calvi. An old friend of Dave Okumu’s, Anna here turns in her own cover of The Invisible’s song “The Wall.”
Dave has described the album “Rispah” as “a love letter to grief,” the majority of the record having been written and recorded shortly after the death of his mother. But to see it solely in this light is to underestimate its joy, its transcendent power. A remarkable record from a remarkable band.
Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert (bass & synthesizer) and Leo Taylor (drums) have been working together as The Invisible since 2006, though their musical collaborations stretch back much further and take in a huge variety of projects. When not working on The Invisible, they are involved in everything from co-writing and producing Jessie Ware's album (Okumu), playing as a member of British post-jazz legends Polar Bear (Herbert) or drumming on much of Adele's world-crushing second album 21 (Taylor). The Invisible remains closest to the heart of what the trio are about as musicians, though, as the beauty and emotional intelligence of 'Rispah' clearly demonstrates.