Manchester's idiosyncratic art-popologists Dutch Uncles return with Big Balloon, their fifth studio album and follow-up to 2015's acclaimed O Shudder. The group takes musical inspiration here from Kate Bush's The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their dads and East European techno. Big Balloon is the latest chapter in Dutch Uncles' brilliantly witty, hip-swiveling, left-field adventures and was recorded in Manchester's Old Granada TV studios where Sex Pistols and Joy Division made their Televisual debuts. The album doesn't follow a single narrative, functioning instead as ten distinct pieces, each tackling a different topic, including austerity cuts, therapy, fried chicken, paranoia and coming to terms with loneliness. It's unequivocally Dutch Uncles' finest album to date, taking listeners on an exhilarating cerebral journey that marks them out a one of the U.K.'s most consistently forward thinking bands.