Sweet vocals, off kilter percussion and randomly layered electronic sounds characterise Insect Heroes' 'Apocalypso', which is actually way more cheerful and abundantly more twee than the metal name and artwork suggests. This record is recommended for fans of loopy indie pop bands such as the Unicorns and Islands, who make you feel through the most naive and juvenile of approaches.
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Looking at the cover of this CD I thought it was going to be some kind of high-energy rock business, but actually Insect Heroes deliver something rather more understated and catchy, a kind of hangdog tweepop held together by scratchy acoustic guitar shuffle, clattery homemade percussion and dinky electronic wiggles and bleeps. Very likeable it is too, with a sweetly naive delivery and quirky sounds belying a finely honed songcraft capable of concise and economically arranged songs with an unhurried charm.
In terms of stand-outs 'Beautiful World' stumbles along sleepily with warm droning organs and watery guitar jangle framing some breathy and wistful vocals, and 'Insect Heroes Theme' injects a welcome noisy edge with some hacking muffled violin scratches. I'm enjoying the bubbling synth bleeps and bleary-eyed carefree bounce of 'These Days' too. If you're not averse to a little tweeness in your singer-songwritery business then you'll probably dig this.
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