The first thing that hits you with this recording is the stylish production. It brings to mind various incarnations of power pop across the decades mixed with an openness reminiscent of 90s Lo-Fi and the rich seam that was provided by the Chemikal Underground stable. From Comsat Angels to Lightning Seeds to The Delgados to Hot Chip to Teleman and beyond.
Each song builds from a spacious and playful melodic idea to a soaring journey that would be equally at home in front of a big festival audience or as a European radio station staple. I can imagine listening to these tracks on a car radio late at night while travelling on Belgian, Dutch and German motorways.
There is an uplifting feel to each piece that produces an immediate antidote to troubling days. A useful ‘grab and go’ panacea for today’s world.
Multilayered vocals make it possible to relisten to this many times and find something new to explore. Multinational accents are used to good effect.
There is a very European feel to this record and that sits well with its otherworldly British pop sensibilities. All in all it seems to reconsile any pseudo cross-channel differences.
If you’re a fan of guitars, strings and keys working together you will probably like this.
The last track (an extended version of the opening track), Summer Sun, is the perfect close out piece and could be the blueprint for all album final tracks. Sublime.