By Ania Glowacz
The welcome return of High Dependency Unit who have been sorely missed during their hiatus. ‘Metamathics’ is less an album per se - more a collection of recordings from the intervening period of 2004-’07, including the previously released epic EP ‘Tunguska’. It’s good to have the magical trio back together as one - their chemistry is quite simply unique and passion incredible. Whether soaring highs, channelled rage, nuanced lows (and all the rough edges in between), this is typically powerful stuff and closer to how they sound live. Few lyrics are necessary and ‘Metamathics’ is largely instrumental. Irma Vep is a killer tune that’ll remind you of their live intensity, as will Grace of their poetic beauty. Opener Stupormodel grabs you and the album doesn’t let go until the final (sixth) track Wish We Were Here which is just piano and acoustic guitar to soothe your maxed out senses. In short this needs to be at the top of your shopping list. Guest musicians include Julia Deans, Bevan Smith (who also edited, mixed and treated alongside drummer Constantine Karlis) and Tom Watson of Cassette. Recorded and mixed in Wellington, Auckland and Wanganui by some truly gifted creators.