So I may have been slightly reluctant to listen to the new album. But then I heard 'Cough Cough', loved it, listened to their previous stuff and was again, sadly disappointed. I was assured by a reliable muso source however that the new album is something to give a listen to and so I did.
With such a distinctive falsetto that undoubtedly gives the band their alternative flavour likened to contemporaries unusual vocals/frontman based bands Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt J and Klaxons, the boys based in Manchester are up against some tough competition.
Obvisouly, the opening track 'Cough Cough' is an indie anthem favoured by all Xfm and Radio one listeners as well as fans of Foals, Friendly Fires and all of the above.
Next single to be released 'Kemosabe' has also received much airplay and with its quirky electronic beats, repetitive hooks similar to that of Delphic I'm sure it's set to please.
I wasn't quite expecting such troughs and peaks to the album though, with tracks such as the gentle 'The House is Dust' which is a slow paced track unfortunately fails to develop. The distinctive vocals and patiently sparse instrumentation goes together well and a striped down track is also unexpected in this album. However, it simply fails to deliver anything exciting until the warming winding down and Radiohead influenced outro takes over.
Similarly, 'Torso of The Week' also lacks anything distinctive apart from well produced guitar licks.
Otherwise tracks 'Duet', 'Choice Mountain' and 'Undrowned' all contain dominating riffs and smoother vocal lines that have stronger musical directions.
Fave tracks; 'Cough Cough', 'Don't Try',