From the evocative, opening title track, you know that you are being taken by the hand and led along pop paths less travelled. For pop this album is, but it is pop like little you have heard before, although if you need a reference point, perhaps Fleet Foxes and Bright Eyes wandered some of those same creative trackways.
Once past that first track, which is best summed up as both quirky and ethereal in equal measure, songs such as Something Beautiful are just that, whilst also being soulful and warm, and Apples ‘n’ Pears is odd and funky, employing almost Talking Heads like Afro-indie-beat grooves whilst covering them with crystalline structures and a sweetness that will have you checking your blood sugar levels.
If this is pop, and I’m not even sure it is, that word seems not to do it justice, then I want in. Pop past might not have been so great of late but if this is pop present then I can’t wait to see what the future holds.