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8/10 Mike Staff review, 28 May 2012
Ooh, I like the sleve to this, all the melty clean curves and pastel-ish colour scheme are reminding me a bit of Tom Newell or Drew Millward’s work. Shove it on your spindle and you’ll experience five songs of pleasantly wonky indie pop business from Norse Horse (or Ryan Beal to his mum) which falls in territory somewhere between The Shins and The Strokes.
Beal’s voice has that slightly yelpy undertone to it and there’s lots of soothing vocal harmonies and quite a laid back ‘80s-style production in places, especially ‘Starshores’ where there’s a patient and warm tropical dub vibe brought into the mix to good effect (particularly surprising since it follows ‘Sun Corridor’, the most brazenly Strokes-esque of the numbers on these ten inches). He’s not reinventing the wheel here, but he’s giving it some classy rims and pumping up the tyres a bit and that, so it’s a nice wheel (of vinyl) nonetheless.
Closer ‘Almost’ is probably the most unusual of the tracks, forging some kind of middle ground between Vampire Weekend and the Beach Boys and Passion Pit and TV on the Radio for an ethereal bit of blissed out summer pop that I wasn’t sure about at first but by the end it had me hooked. If they had some dude from some NME-hyped identipoppers playing with them people would be losing their shit over this.
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