Ideals – Reflections

Ipswich band Ideals swiftly drew attention their way from the moment of their formation in early 2010 and an almost immediate deal with Intruder Records. Through the year the release of four strong singles, Lungs, Love Song, Forever Leisure, and Don’t Tell Anyone, from the now London based quartet further confirmed their promise and showed an instinctive ability to write impressive melodic and dramatic songs. This year has already seen the release of the immense Significant Other and May sees the continuation of the bands progress and growing fan base with their new single Reflections. Eventually this and Significant Other will form part of an EP with four new tracks to be released later in the summer but for now it stands alone as a beacon for the great sound that is Ideals and currently as a free download before its official release July 4th.           

Reflections simmers over an unrelenting scorching bass riff that drives the song forward but without overpowering the creativity of the sweetly vibrant guitars which flesh the track out with at times solemn feelings and in others moments lift it into dynamic crescendos. The rhythm spine of Simon Wilson on bass and the drums of Ben Ward bring the perfect balance to the stirring guitars of Johnny Healey and vocalist Andrew Major. Lyrically Ideals are typically poetic but without the words losing their sharpness, whilst the delivery of Majors enhances the self reflection feeling which resonates from within the melancholic sounds, all combining to create a song that is felt as well as heard. At times the track has a slight feel of Divine Comedy fused with Pulp but with a potent darker touch that lifts it out onto its own unique plateau.

Though it does not quite reach the immense heights of its classic predecessor, and it is a comment on the quality of the former and not anything negative about this release, Reflections is an inspiring and wonderful piece of well thought out and realised song writing, played with balanced control and passion. Ideals are part of and in many ways leading a new indie trinity of bands that create music that is felt as much as heard, the other two Letters and Galleries also making music that one slips into with all senses and thoughts. Ideals stand out though and whether with lively dynamic tracks or mellow potent songs tinged with sadness they are always irresistible and freshly thrilling. This year should be the moment they truly step into the light for many more fans of real music.

http://www.myspace.com/idealstheband
http://www.intruderrecords.co.uk/idealspress

Pete RingMaster 21/05/2011

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Galleries – Darkness Coming

    

Guitar led indie bands are quite prevalent currently but few produce music with a depth that reaches beyond the ear and stays long after the sounds have ceased their charms. Glasgow quartet Galleries are one of the few exceptions. Their indie rock/pop has character and layers that result in songs which are full and very satisfying. Early 2010 the band made their first mark with the Galleries EP and notably the track Underground Overground, instantly making an impact on many people. The single Rocket Science improved upon that reaction as well as showing a further progression in their writing skills and new single Darkness Coming is another impressive step in their development though that is not to say they are lacking in any department now.   

Currently working on their debut album, Galleries have released Darkness Coming with a clear message that this is an indication of what will fill the future release and it will be worth all the eager anticipation. The song is simply a great pop song, instant and addictive but without submitting to any cheap tricks or obvious lures for the listener. The striking delicious dark bass riff from Adam Hall, the firm and taut drums of Andrew Black, and the soaring guitar play from Paul Campsie and David McAdam combine to tell a melody laced musical story. The vocals of McAdam are smooth with an occasional pleading tone that brought a sense of 80’s artist Pete Wylie, and bringing an edge to the quietly atmospheric sounds especially with the subdued backup vocals. Darkness Coming is also one of those great songs that is easily accessible but also cleverly holds something back for discovery on subsequent plays.

Already no strangers to air play with BBC Radio 1 Scotland, Darkness Coming will surely ensure that is repeated and further afield, especially with their popular live shows and festival appearances attracting more and more fans and great interest. Galleries are a band to watch and enjoy right now and the sooner their album appears from over the horizon the better. Theirs is a sound that just feels right in every way and leaves them wanting more every time.

http://www.galleriesband.co.uk

Pete RingMaster 21/05/2011

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