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Five out of five in The Guardian today for this. Here at the Towers we dish out top marks like confetti but the broadsheets are a little more choosy so this better bloody be good or I’ll fire off an anonymous missive in their comments section. Opener ‘Tell Me’ sounds like a female REM, certainly REM circa ‘Me In Honey’ or those other rare instances that REM use just a couple of chords and rely on repetition rather than melody.
The single ‘Teenage’ as I noted in the review sounds like the early girl group aping singles of Kirsty MacColl but the first time my ears really prick up is on ‘Shooting Star’. It has an eerie wandering melody and the male vocals intertwining are much needed to prevent Heavenly style twee-ness. ‘Waiting for Something’ to happen bursts into life immediately like the hidden Brian Wilson girl group productions for The Honeys et al.
There are a lot of similarities to the sunshiney Californian pop of Best Coast et al but in their upbeat brightness they remind me mostly of one band and one band only (and it’s an obscure one) Australia’s one album wonder The Hummingbirds whose ‘Lovebuzz’ album gave similarly immediate pop thrills back in the early ‘90s somewhere. They have a similar trick of vintage jangly guitars, lead female vocals and back-up male vocals and it works well.
‘If You Still Want Me’ is the type of track where it works perfectly, the production is spot on superb, lush and full with just the right amount of echo, the track is immediate but with enough mystery in the layered harmonies to demand a replay in order to figure out exactly how it works. ‘My Heartbeats’ has a fantastic punchy chorus which elevates it way above the scores of similar bands working in the jangly, indie girl group genre, the guitars have a nice attack to them and it’s hard to bandy the word fey around such lush sounding pop. And while we are on the subject of Lush there is a lot of Berenyi and Co’s signature sound within the grooves.
It’s going to sound great whether dancing around a lava lamp, or whiling a late spring evening away outdoors, the music disappearing up and out into the verandas. Still, it’s not getting a 5. Although a vast move on from their debut, it’s still firmly within genre with not quite enough songwriting nous to blast it into the stratosphere. A sterling effort nonetheless.
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