The sixth full-length from Brooklyn band Liars is an album in the sense that it's been recorded, has a release date, and is worth a review. But with so much improperly used space and so few tangible ideas, the result doesn't feel like an actual album as much as it does a decent demo. Pronounced "wish you," WIXIW deploys synthesizers and samplers to cook up Radiohead-esque tracks that could use a few jolts of inspiration. The starry-eyed "The Exact Colour of Doubt" sets the tone for WIXIW, which isn't a good thing. Specks of ambient fuzz slooowwwly fade in, a semblance of melody takes shape, handclaps stop by, and Angus Andrews croons in a sullen voice. By the time the instruments crescendo and things seem finally to be going somewhere, time's up — and it's on to the quiet, pulsating "Octagon," which squanders any previous momentum and sounds like it should have been an interlude. The stronger tracks stacked in the second half of the disc aren't enough to offset the stop-start pace of the whole. Yes, there are some colorful, more fully realized moments toward the end, but all the mumbling and fussing it takes to get there is murder.
LIARS | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | July 24 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $15 | 617.562.8800 or thedise.com