The debut album from ILK showcases great depth and is a truly an excellent artistic pop experience.
Y U is part noise experimentation and part sampled math nerdiness wrapped in a tightly choreographed pop production.
A seemingly endless amount of percussion and samples dominate a record on which every track is a new experience in sound, yet the 4/4 time signature and pop structure is comforting.
Despite the glitchy percussion samples featuring items you might find at a hardware store or the off kilter detuned harmonies played on homemade thumb pianos (or whatever other source has been sampled over ILK’s four year period of composition), Y U is entirely friendly and catchy.
At their first attempt, Ilk have created an artistic trumph sonically, all the while being profoundly bizarre lyrically.