Real Numbers are a good old dreamed-up indie pop act, formed from members of acts like Cozy, Private Interests and France Camp. Wordless Wonder is their debut full-length album, and it breezes along beautifully. Hovering harmonies and all sorts of interesting tales told in the lyrics. Out on the Slumberland label.
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If you'd told me ten years ago that in 2016 bands would sound like this I would have eaten my Strawberry Story flexi disc whole. Real Numbers are another band who are blatantly in thrall to the breezy indie-pop movement of 1986 wearing their influences on their sleeve like a Pastels buttons badge on a child's bib.
This is pure escapism. In these days of mild meltingly depressing world events, opener 'Frank Infatuation' deals with the story of the Television Personalities fall from grace with John Peel (soon to be turned into a feature film with Benedict Cumberbatch as Dan Treacy). The story is accompanied by strummy indie fun that whips along at breakneck speed. 'New Boy' has a tougher sound and 60's beat group inclinations with added spangly guitars for that hint of the Groove Farm. The album from what I've heard so far is relentlessly upbeat with sing song melodies and the ghost of the Razorcuts is never far away especially on 'Falling Out' which plods around with the same chord pattern throughout and eschews anything as non DIY as a chorus.
Whether it adds anything to rock's rich tapestry is probably something I shouldn't be worrying too much about right now. It's strum and drum indie music to accompany that final realisation that floppy fringes are a young person's game.
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