The Invisible possess an uncluttered electronic sound that burrows deep into the ear and heart of the listener and remains there. Produced in the wake of frontman Dave Okumu’s mother’s death, Rispah (2012) is the sublime follow-up to a 2009 Mercury-nominated debut. Bewitching sounds are married to innovative percussion and Okumu’s otherworldly vocal arrangements. Home to the technically gifted – expert contributions come from bassist Tom Herbert from Mercury-nominated Polar Bear and drummer Leo Taylor from Hot Chip and Okumu, who produced Jessie Ware’s Mercury-nominated debut (she is also coming to town – click here for our preview) –  the band excel at stretching an idea to its outer limits. There are nods to the electronic shivers of Radiohead and barely-there, TV On The Radio-style beats, but what remains is a uniquely Invisible sound. Okumu’s spine-tingling catharsis translates straight to the listener. Rispah is a record to make sense of mortality, but there are equally tender moments of hope and celebration here too. Time spent with The Invisible can come close to something transcendental.

Mon 15 Oct, Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, M1 1LE. Tel: 0161 236 5100, 7.30pm, £7.50,

Mon 15 Oct
Eden Keane
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Mon 15 Oct 2012