Like your guitars woozy and twinkling? Sucker for a lush soundscape? Prefer Bon Iver before he discovered auto-tune? Then Starpoint is the EP for you. Matthew and Me (that’s Lucy Fawcett) have crafted four tracks of spare and spectral alt-rock and Ben Howard collaborator Chris Bond has handled the production. Vinyl and CD.
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I wonder why Matthew gets top billing here. There's three in the band (on the record....five in the picture I'm looking at on the internet) but it's all about Matthew it seems. From the sleeve I was expecting electronics but I should learn to not pre-judge. Electronics are definitely here but the band play a kind of emotional punchy rock that recalls Death Cab For Cutie attempting to recreate U2's 'Beautiful Day'. Opener 'Silver' sets its stall out with a verse that builds by melting guitars with electronics and home counties accented vocals before a big joyous chorus. The lengthy coda makes me suspect that they grew up listening to tangled emo rock.
There's three other tracks - 'Figure' which is somewhere between Jonsi's solo stuff and those clever sod Danes Mew. Again there's a rather catchy chorus attached. Overleaf 'Cravings' is a slower burn - taking ages to get going and reminding me of Sigur Ros. There's a synthetic sound to this record which helps prevent you getting too emotionally involved and closer 'Joy' suggests the group are still hankering after the big post rock of the likes of Her Name is Calla.
Big expansive stuff that will appeal to fans of enormous post rock but it was the stadium pop moves of the first couple of tunes which had me punching the air.
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