Here we have the opening track from Enso, the debut full-length from Brooklyn's SoftSpot; the album's artwork, by Jonathan Campolo, is above. "Disciple Fix" builds deceptively, moving from melodramatic synth circles and unshakably clever guitar loops to bluesy shoegaze and lopsided-yet-driving beats. It's a strong opening statement from an album of strong statements: kaleidoscopic, slow-tempered art-rockers textured in the same clever, dark rhythm sections of late-'90s post-emo. On top, vocalist Sarah Kinlaw merges the lilting, trained poetic of Joanna Newsom or Zac Pennington into more jagged, Rainer Maria shouts. Never too bright, never too dark, "Disciple Fix" sets a female antagonist against a world of dark wonder and machination. The band says it's about "a cosmic apparition calling a misguided population to reason." And if it sounds like you're dropped into the middle of the tale, SoftSpot's obsession with loops here extends to the construction of the album as a whole: all of Enso fuses into one track, the end looping back to the beginning, literally infinitely listenable.
Enso drops via a self-release September 4. SoftSpot plays a sold-out show with Alt-J at Brooklyn's Glasslands on August 7.