In tandem with its unfathomable sleeve, Everything Is Yellow And Yellow Is My Least Favourite Colour immersive and off-kilter. Isle of Wight-incepted Plastic Mermaids are a guitar band with a twist and with a distinctively unconventional taste for euphoric harmony and melody.
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Complaint crew Plastic Mermaids make music so delicate it’s in danger if steering off the cliff of sincerity into the deep valleys of self-parody: their opener is a high-octave cooed, piano twinkled, string-swollen song saved by its extremely vivid, winkingly self-deprecating lyrics, proving sadness and balladry can talk back to themselves. At first I thought this song was way, way too much, but “Paris Milkshake” is weirdly triumphant, its excessively coated melodies turned into a pop song too emotionally manipulative to actually earn its radioplay.
To Plastic Mermaids, this is all one long song, with “Alaska” picking up hints of the same sombre piano motif and hastening with an electronic beat that seems to just up the urgency of proceedings. Its chorus is just the same -- cloying and infatuating -- but by now you’re either in their sombre saccharine world or you’ve washed your hands clean of it. If you’re afraid of big music, maybe this’ll help: it’s also very twee?
“Printed Lady” is a phenomenally big panorama of Coldplay and a bunch of ‘90s twee bands and the Love Actually soundtrack and it makes me want to go up to my nearest colleague and say something life-changing. But I won’t. If you’re in need of an anthem and don’t want it to be one anyone else knows about, burn these. They’re torch songs.
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