Psychedelic indie pop band from New Zealand Glass Vaults return with their sophomore album The New Happy. Following on from Sojourn the album pushes more sunshine pop whilst retaining the psych tonality of their more sun-kissed shoegaze. Up-beat, loving, fun and incredibly positive. That’s good, yes?
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It's funny how you can make it through a record without being able to remember a thing about it but that's what happened yesterday with the Glass Vaults. What it is is a series of ok electronic pop that is not unpleasant but does nothing that warrants a second spin. Opener 'Mindreader' sets the tone being a slap of ok pop that lacks the sort of killer hooks to make something stay in your skull afterwards. 'Brooklyn' is probably is as good as it gets, a kind of sub par Metronomy with lazy guitars and tired vocals - there are hints perhaps of the Chills in the economical songwriting and at least this benefits from a catchy chorus that may snag your ear where the singer advises us that he thought he saw you last night in Brooklyn. Fascinating. There are couple of moments of loveliness - the opening Wild Beasts ish glisten of 'Sojourn' is really pretty but overall the only impression I'm left with is of a band that have the sort of sound I normally enjoy but 'the New Happy' leaves me very frustrated. Perhaps a grower? Three listens in nothing has happened and I'm running out of patience.
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