COMET GAIN return with their seventh album “Paperback Ghosts” on July 7th, their first since 2011’s critically acclaimed “Howl of The Lonely Crowd”. Recorded at Soup Studios with producer Simon Trought at the helm, and inspired by the psycho-geography of walks in North London woods and in the forgotten grey hinterland of the city’s back streets, “Paperback Ghosts” comes soaked in autumn melancholy. Tender-hearted but not miserable, defiant but not angry, it maintains the delicate balance that has always been Comet Gain’s strength.
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Dependable culty indie pop types Comet Gain are back with album number seven this week. As usual it’s a thoughtful and bittersweet mixture of Americana-tinged prettiness, jangly indie rock and jagged garagey post-punk with more of a wistful and downbeat feel than their more forceful previous album ‘Howl of the Lonely Crowd’, although they’re still more than capable of turning on the rock on tracks like the crunchy ‘Breaking Open The Head Part 1’ and the psychedelic garage-boogie closer ‘Confessions of a Daydream’.
For the most part, though, ‘Paperback Ghosts’ is a collection of daydreamy, sweetly chiming college rock with thoughtful lyrics, pretty melodies and deft, utilitarian arrangements. The double-hit of ‘Your Haunted Heart’ and ‘Far From the Pavilion’ towards the close is particularly affecting, the former adopting a bouncy La’s-ish twinkle but with a kind of achey resignation that brings to mind early ‘80s Cure, the latter a bouncy break-up anthem with lady vocals and a rousing chorus that builds to some splintering Urusei Yatsura-ish guitar fuzz. Once again Feck & co deliver the goods with a collection of catchy and affecting songs.
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