Dalstonites Fiction soon expect to share an album with you (well not you specifically, necessarily), and are foreshadowing this event with the release of this little EP. Instant Memories contains five tracks of their guitar-led shiny pop sound. Limited edition 12” released by Tip Top Recordings.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 May 2015
Fiction are another band who are totally in love with the 1980’s. They certainly mean well but I’ve been waiting some time for their sophisticated indie-pop to really catch light.
It hasn’t quite happened here - opener ‘Half Yawning’ aims itself at Lloyd Cole/Felt type pop made for delicate young men with singer James Howard’s vocals nicely hushed. I feel that the track is a little too busy at times and would benefit from a spring clean though the repeated chorus of “click on the next one” is nicely mid ‘80’s Wire catchy. They are a band of two halves and ‘Best Before’ features yelpier vocalist Mike Barrett (I may have got the vocalists the wrong way round so apologies - I can’t know everything). This track is a more skittery affair coming across something like the Dutch Uncles and Everything Everything but the sample of ‘O Eurachi’ exemplifies that again it’s cluttered with stuff that shouldn’t be there.
The other three tracks are various shades of ‘80’s pop sophistication with nods to Its Immaterial and Blue Nile, closer ‘Take Those Glasses Off’ with it’s airy synths and repeated vocal mantra is a highlight.
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