Belfast's Documenta may be enigmatic in that they don't go overboard with self-publicity or endless photos on Instagram accounts, but besides the personal aspect, everything is laid bare. Their first album was called 'Documenta Drone Pop #2', and drone-pop was exactly what we got, although that does sound a little bit of an over-simplification of what was an incredible well executed record which did show both diversity and a formidable understanding of the music they were making. It is somewhat odd then, that the follow-up (pencilled in for an August release) is to be named 'Documenta Drone Pop #1'.
Whatever the reason for counting backwards instead of forwards, early indications suggest that the three-year wait has been well worth it. The album's first track, 'Idle Hands', is all brooding bass and distortion, underpinned with a shuffling groove that gets you locked into its mysterious layers of sound. Drowsy vocals carry the attention, but not as much as the winding lead guitar line that acts as a light to contrast all that shade. The video is also a strange affair, featuring tarot cards and girls with guns. The perfect accompanyment to the song, it only serves to enhance the ambience that's been so carefully built. The "drone" aspect may have people expecting a shoegaze vibe, but really this is a spooky form of psychedelia that Documenta have mastered for themselves.