Familiar ritualistic minimalism sets off Saint Dymphna, before “First Communion” expands the pop exploration of the Rawwar EP. Atmospheric tribal noise flows through “Blue Nile” and up into “Vacuum,” while “Princes” re-energizes the pace with grime rap from Tinchy Stryder – a jarring first for the band. Frontwoman Liz Bougatsos eventually complements the solo with much-needed vocals.

“Afoot” is the weakest point structurally and lyrically. Loaded statements, such as “McDonald’s cashiers … in a place where cows are sacred,” evoke hollowed talking points. As worldly and visionary the band strives to be, it throws witty quips around with an aura of mysticism that cheapen the intention. “House Jam” injects J-Pop and ’90s house aesthetic that reinforces the earlier momentum of the album, but the rest tapers to afterthoughts.

Grade: B

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