A lockdown purchase that took moons to arrive, worth it though. After giving it a run-through I realise I haven’t listened to it nearly as much as I should have.
So is this another indie-pop album in my collection (it is like I have a favourite genre or summat)? It is difficult to pin down as it lurches from disco-esque bangers like ‘Cheap Regrets’ to XTC/The War On Drugs inspired anthems like ‘Velour and Velcro’.
Just when you think you have the measure of them ‘Dancer’ comes along and squirts a dollop of jazz all over everything, wrong-footing you again.
And then things go sideways again as ‘Sidecar’ rocks over the horizon and we go all Arcade Fire.
The album is a showcase for what the band can do. Not into poppy anthems? No problem there will be an acoustic number along a minute! Need more synths? All over it! Want something a little meatier? You got it.
So is it an indie-pop record? Absolutely yes...and definitely no. It is complex and excellent. And, as I’ve always said, music sounds better on blue, speckled vinyl...
Tracks to try: Cheap Regrets, Hey Jo, Velour And Velcro.