Album Review: IST IST – Architecture

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Architecture - Kind Violence

– IST IST are streaming ‘Architecture’ in full at 7pm tonight. Listen in by following this link

This Friday (May 1st) sees the release of ‘Artchitecture’, the debut album from post-punk outfit IST IST. Resolutely independent, the Manchester quartet is issuing the LP through their own self-funded label Kind Violence, as well as taking the unconventional move to make each track available alongside its own video – all of which can be found here. Bassist Andy Keating elaborates: “We believe in the strength of every song on the record and wanted them all to have their time in the spotlight instead of following the tried and tested method of releasing a handful of singles then dropping the album. You only get your debut album once so we wanted to do something innovative.”

‘Architecture’ has been six years in the making, suggesting the depth of meticulousness – and it does feel like each string pluck and cymbal hit has been painstakingly pored over to ensure its exactness – that the band have been cultivating over numerous single and EP releases. Each of these elements, from the ominous synth rumble of opener ‘Wolves’ through to the euphoric surge-and-fade of closer ‘Slowly We Escape’, all threaded together through Adam Houghton’s  vast baritone…is bound to draw comparisons.


It’s certainly appropriate to use words like sparse, bleak, and haunting, but there should be enough across the album to differentiate IST IST from generics: despite its title, ‘Black’ is built around uplifting synth chords, there’s the robotic bass grind of ‘Discipline’, and ‘Night’s Arm’ (the first song the band ever wrote) stomps and fuzzes, while keeping in with the band’s monochromatic aesthetic.

Like evocative arrangements wrapped in stark, polished atmospherics? ‘Architecture’ is available on a variety of formats directly from the band. IST IST also have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

In light of recent events, the band have tentatively rescheduled their upcoming UK dates for later in 2020 – the dates originally planned for this May, will instead take place in the Autumn. Original tickets will be valid, with more information and remaining tickets available on the IST IST official website.