The band keeps on churning instrumentals and the band keeps on churning instrumentals that sound like unfinished songs. I suppose it’s too much in their blood to write songs accompanied by lyrics and singing that suddenly alienating themselves from that side of things is a hard thing to adjust to, but they sure do seem to have found writing instrumentals rather nice seeing as they just keep appearing.
Ostopolitik is more of the same. It sounds like an instrumental version of a good song that was supposed to have vocals in but someone forgot to add them in. To its credit, Ostopolitik avoids the general fault of having ‘ empty space’ in the track: this time there’s always a lead instrument doing something in the forefront rather than just instruments chugging together without a lead. Two parts take turns, one driven by a very Manics-esque guitar riff while the other sections are dominated by a piano part that sounds almost like something that could have come out of the Lifeblood sessions, albeit married now to a more rocking track. Both very nice parts and they do their job of taking control of the song’s drive rather well but the final song still sounds a bit underwhelming or unfinished, like parts of songs married together and made to work together but without a central point to drive the last nail through.
Still, there are much worse ways you could spend three minutes.