The Amazing's nine minute "Picture You" sounds like a blissed-out, stretched version of Real Estate, trying to keep hold of the pleasantness of living for as long as it can. On the record of the same name, the band navigate warm bass tones with interspersing guitar riffs, post-rock asides and warming keyboards. It's a meandering slab of indie rock that's as soothing as it is epic.
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Here I am to save the day. The new Six Organs of Admittance album has destroyed at least three pairs of office ears so far this morning, the cries and yelps from those affected suggests something drastic has to be done. Putting a record on by a band called The Amazing is surely a surefire help. They’re called The Amazing right? How can they be anything but amazing?
Well they certainly start well with a lovely drifting piece of complex hazy pop music that recalls a bunch of different things from Real Estate to Wild Nothing to Grizzly Bear. This is gorgeous stuff particularly in the wonderful extended outro which features interchanging male and female vocals ebbing the track away with the sun speckled tide. It sounds like a beautiful tree-lined street in spring - I think the prozac’s kicking in. Also great is ‘Picture You’ a lightly lilting piece of US jangle pop with a hazily indistinct feel with nods to Wilco and Junip. More post rocky is the sprawling ‘Circles’ which builds from a naggingly familiar guitar figure which recalls something blatantly obvious from the ‘80’s (U2? Simple Minds?).
Elsewhere ‘Safe Island’ drifts along in a pleasant fug before they explode into a tougher type sound on ‘To Keep it Going’ which ends with some squall which would have seemed unlikely on gentle openers. The Amazing have found themselves a nice sound here which they veer around the edges of many things I’ve enjoyed in the last few years and they are...well...fairly amazing.
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