Firestations are the latest outfit to emerge from the ever interesting Lost Map stable and this debut features a brand of nice-listen indie pop with perky melodies, sunshiny vibes and unthreatening subject manner. So pleasant and harmony drenched that it's hard to imagine it being recorded in Walthamstow.
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Firestations reckon they write nice songs then mess them up but on opener 'Build a Building' I can't hear much messing up. In fact it's a rather lovely slice of harmonic kraut pop which reminds me of Astronauts or Teleman. In fact 'Make Your Mind Up' is even more like Teleman......hang on.....hang on.
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I'm on the wrong side. Well that was a very strong start to Side 2 so I'm now expecting lots from Side 1 and it's....good....but maybe not as good as Side 2 which I was really enjoying. It's more melodic guitar led pop music with glacial keyboards and simple rhythmic drumming. Firestations songs have a pulse to them - they play their songs simply and clear with a touch of Neu-like rhythm like Stereolab used to I guess - no complications - letting the songs speak for themselves. This is breezy, nice music full of harmonies and with a really understated charm to it - the way their voices blend reminds me of how the voices used to blend on Tunng records. So soft.
Having listened to Side 2 again I'm convinced that here is where they hit their stride but it's all very pleasant indeed.
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