Returning with another (9th) edition of jangly guitar-led pop, The Bats bring us 12-track offering - The Deep Set. Propelled by an unstoppable rhythm section, this is the Glasgow-incepted outfit exactly how we know them. As confident, politically-tinged and direct as ever, the New Zealand 4-piece are doing what they do best.
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Another classic era New Zealand band reforms. Are there any who haven’t? I for one would kill for a new Marie and the Atom LP but it's not going to happen is it.
Anyway the Bats continue doing what they have done over many years namely make nice jangly pop tunes with plaintive vocals and keening insidious melodies. Opener ‘Rooftops’ is the albums stand out and if you weren’t listening properly you may think that this was a new R.E.M single. It has all the pop nous of say ‘Imitation of Life’ matched with the rural rustic muted sound of ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’. It makes me utterly despair that a band that can write a song this great on their 9th album remain unheard by 99% of the worlds population.
The remainder of the record is variations on this theme. The songs consist of big chunky Peter Buck style jangles are married with indistinct folksy vocals. The production is sometimes lacking somewhat - ‘Rock and Pillars’ sounds like it was recorded on a borrowed four track - ok if you are Guided By Voices but a band like the Bats need a lush sound to do justice to their subtle melodies. The new the Feelies album has the same problem but I’ll tell you about that in as month or so.
Meanwhile the Bats chug on, never varying from their jangle-some sound. Sometimes their songs become a bit too linear and straight laced but this is such an enjoyable album that it’s hard to ask for more than a series of trebly tuneful folk rock.
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