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- Faulty Inner Dialogue by Kid Canaveral
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 August 2016
First up the vinyl is an amazing shade of yellow. It’s like a lemon sorbet. Even though this music is produced with a pricey pop sheen I’ve just been listening to the Blossoms album so it might as well be Whitehouse for all my ears know.
The opening ‘Gun Fhairachdain’ is a great way to open - an anthemic thing that sounds like the Twilight Sad trapped in a synthesiser. The band have that classic Scottish mix of pulsating anthems and melancholy best exemplified in ‘First We Take Dumbarton’ (a song title which is probably worth the admission alone). The band share something of the windswept 80s Caledonian Rock of the likes of Simple Minds and Big Country but transform it to motorik modernist pop. I hear plenty of Malcolm Middleton’s grumpy yet uplifting moods here but this band strive higher than that dour Scotsman and tracks like ‘Tragic Satellite’ are life affirming slices of pop music that makes you want to bounce around like a spinning top.
I turn away from the album for a minute and a lady is singing - it’s more of a folky type melody but that lung bursting energy remains. Kid Canaveral sound like they are leaving behind what it means to be indie and miserable and instead are embracing the idea of pure gleeful pop music. It might be a little flowery for some but the more I listen to this album, the more I want to re-christen them the Twilight Happy.
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