Having supported the likes of Peace and Wolf Alice, the Brummie quartet seem set to be one of 2015’s breakthrough acts. Yet when listening to the (at times dreary and careless) lyrics featured on this album, the band often give the impressions that they themselves are simply unaware of what year it even is.
Drifting around in a sense of a worriless happiness, you can’t help but be immersed into their sound. ‘TV’ – taken from EP ‘Mam’ released in March – circles with a simplistic melodic tune that compels you to drift away into a hot summer like day dream. Yet this feeling hardly lingers as clashes of guitars make way for a slow paced but murky distorted guitar solo that’s only blasted away by intense shouts and screams. Subdued lyrics drift by as the song dwindles out with,
“I can feel my eyes shutting I love my bed”.
With lyrics like these, it’s hard to imagine the album brings out positive vibes, but songs like ‘It’s Good To See You’ illustrate otherwise. Upbeat and cheerful, with one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard in quite some time, the song brings back a spur of life halfway through the album- with frontman Dom Ganderton certainly letting that Brummie accent loose.
As the album draws to a close the uplifting spirit only grows stronger. ‘Right On Satellite’ creates an easy atmospheric mood moving into the song with “I fell asleep on an airplane”, this dream like state is again tempted, “then I woke up in paradise”. With the jangly guitar plucking at its foremost, backing vocals shouted throughout the chorus strike through its complacent effect.
Carried right to the end mixtures of guitar melodies float around in ‘Like a Daisy’ generating a dazed effect that is sharply snapped away by a prominent chorus. Soothing lyrics bring the song to an end as instruments disappear, slowly floating into the distance.
Broad varieties of influences ranging from Britpop, to 90’s alternative scene are splashed together on this album creating a hectic array of sounds, that break up pace and keep listeners immersed. Although at times ‘Don’t say that’ hassles to keep your attention the fun feel and uplifting melodies allow you to reminisce about those summer memories letting “the sun inside”.
Review by Jacob Flannery |