Yes – Because Villains (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The two previous Because Villains singles to pass under my pen have shown just how broad a sonic palette main man Travis James uses to colour his songs. If Goodbye offered us stadium-ready indie then 9 pm was the sheer opposite, a slow and sultry piece of brooding creativity.

Yes delivers three more deft and delicious songs which again show his ability to shift gears, hop genres and blur boundaries. The opener, There Is Us, is a smart take on the indie template, groovesome and lyrically deep and Painkillers is a clever blend of infectious, pop-esque buoyancy and a darker, more reflective sentiment.

The Feeling is gloriously wide-screen, full of ranging dynamics that take the listener from lush choral highs to lingering lulls, spiralling guitar solos and sky-punching singalongs in seamless fashion.

We knew that Travis James had a way with song-writing. This musical tryptic only cements that reputation even further. Oh Yes!

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