London based CYMBALS return to Tough Love for their third full length and follow up to 2013’s The Age Of Fracture. Light In Your Mind is a testament to the band’s solid synth-indie-pop as well as a mark of growth - moving into more expansive pieces and instrumentals alongside the catchy pop songs. Features a guest appearance from saxophonist Alabaster DePlume.
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Cymbals open ‘Light In Your Mind’ with a glitch in serenity. Their beautiful, symphonic sound stutters like a dying light-switch, patched vocals and looping violins blocking the perfect flow and holding it back in a world of small anxieties. Clever stuff; pretty cool stuff. Expanded from its gauzier and more primitive early stages, Cymbals spend ‘Light In Your Mind’ making their sparkly DIY sound shine, matching their synth-pop with elements of downbeat and strides of post-punk.
Its best moments might be the most ruminative: “I Thought I Knew You”, with its goofily pitched vocal samples, rattling electric guitars and string swells, actually feels like the kind of environment Ghostpoet would sound-off in, the song not pushing on to any particular avenue and instead letting the vocals lower the mood into indie existentialism. “Euphoric Recall” is a chiming ambient segue and its partner in crime, the appropriately and super-literally titled “ASMR”, offers another eerily quiet passage of trip-hop influenced disquiet.
Leave them to their own devices, basically, and Cymbals will make sad, tense pop music with their synth-pop sparkle all rained on; the record ends on the cooed piano ballad gone beaming synth lament “Lifetime Achievement Award” as if they know what they do best.
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