STATIC IN VERONA
Everything You Knew Before You Knew Everything A great album should open with a great track and it is found here with ‘Anyone Anymore’. The resonance in the sound has a slight pop virtue, yet alongside the shoegazer slant in the rhythm proves a big draw. That is attractively seized upon and provides the running with an added sense of determination which adds up. You sense the emphasis on development with ‘Heavy Hands’. The chagrin gritty drag in the rhythm is motioned through with a sense of added propensity. The bursts of play concentrated alongside the backing harmony finds a distinct calling. This is a seriously impressive tune bordering on indie perfection. It is followed up by another clever tune in the shape of ‘Future Ghosts’. A rather leftfield number in places, it also has a fine indie calling about it. The delivery weighs cleverly but the formations of play, along with the synth, give it a heightened showing that just takes it up a level. This is a gem of an album deserving of being heard by a bigger audience. That is an assessment confirmed by ‘Blink’. It corners an intricate balance between morose and alternative that is endearing. The way the envelope is pushed here
10 shows for all the right reasons. ‘Shudder To Think’ is another clean cut. The resolute tempo builds and is accompanied by an accentuated prism of sound that shines. Then there is the compact way it picks up. The lean temperament is leveraged magnificently on all fronts and chased down accordingly. Especially in how catchy the chorus is. Then things go retro with ‘Wait, Wait’ in a way that builds the anticipation squarely. Yet delivers in a way that doesn’t meet expectations yet doesn’t leave the listener unhappy either. The development is impressive and gives it an underrated essence of cool. ‘Then A Hush’ ignites off the back of a restrained charm. The languid euphoria of the rhythm commands the harmony in sync. That passive calling is well outlined and the layering of the delivery is so well suited to what is intended in the artistic sense. Rich in reverb is ‘Forgetful’. This gives it a stern indiepop allure that is smoothly transitioned. The able bodied direction also enhances the ebb and flow which is centred on explicitly but has a lightness of touch which offers an interesting contrast against the compact flourishes. A tune to remember if anything. Again there is an admirable consistency on show with ‘Tomorrow Feels Like Yesterday’ that has a somewhat leftfield allure which meets the progressive feel of the delivery. It plays out in a way that is big instrumentally, but the vocals are really what flesh it out. The album is brilliant from start to finish and it is closed with a suitable ensemble called ‘Alternate Ending’. It does exactly what it says on the tin. - 25 -
Published on Sep 19, 2015
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