Silhouettes – Sacrifice

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Following the success of their acclaimed debut album and recent UK shows, British indie/electro band Silhouettes release their new single Sacrifice on November 10th as a free download. Taken from the Ever Moving Happiness Machines full-length, the track is an inescapable temptation and weave of the imaginative electronic and indie pop revelry the band has swiftly become renowned for. It is a treat for ears and unashamedly seduces with every vocal caress and melodic kiss.

Formed in 2008, the Wolverhampton quintet of Nathan Till (vocals, guitars), Jay Cuthill (guitars, samples, keyboards, production), Ben Blewitt (keyboards), Ben Dargue (drums), and Jay Roberts (bass) has increasingly earned a potent following and attention for their sounds and live performances. Early EPs awoke many to their impressing emergence but it was the single Gold Tag which on a wave of new invention and evolution in the band’s sound sparked a broader spotlight, one subsequently pushed much further by Ever Moving Happiness Machines. It was an album which instantly lit a fire of attention which is bound to be stoked again by the release of Sacrifice.

Opening on a wash of warm and magnetic keys veined by resonating beats and pulsating shadows, the song brings an Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark air to its celestial blaze of electronic colour. It is a dramatic coaxing elevated once the celestial tones of Till merges with the sultry climate. His delivery shows it is unafraid to mix things up as the vocalist subsequently adds a little post punk shadow to his narrative. Haunting and bracing with a golden stream of sun fuelled melodic endeavour across its transfixing atmosphere, the song is as unpredictable and keenly inventive as it is persistently warm and mesmeric.

If Silhouettes’ album has evaded your attention until now there is no finer a gateway into its majesty than Sacrifice. It is a potent taste of what is in store within Ever Moving Happiness Machines but only a hint of its rich adventure.

Sacrifice is available as a free download from November 10th @ https://soundcloud.com/integrityrecords/silhouettes-sacrifice-single-edit

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Matinée – These Days

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A release radiating melodic smiles and mischievous energy from start to finish, These Days from UK indie rockers Matinée is one of those encounters which lingers and niggles away at the psyche in and away from its magnetic presence. The album tantalises and flirts with constant imagination and revelry so that whilst it does not exactly light a fire in the passions it is a persistent and refreshing incitement for ears and emotions. There has been an eagerly growing buzz around the East London quartet and the release of their debut full-length reveals exactly why.

Taking their name from the Franz Ferdinand song of the same name, Matinée has earned acclaim and support through their lively stage presence and vivacious sounds. The band has supported the Scottish band on shows in Italy, that leading Matinée to be invited to play numerous major venues in the country whilst receiving strong radio support. With the sharing of stages with the likes of Razorlight, Mystery Jets, Futureheads, The Wombats, Pete and the Pirates, British Sea Power amongst many also under their belts, the band is on a feisty rise, an ascent already reinforced by their singles starting with the acclaimed City Lifestyle. The Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Carl Barat, Glasvegas) produced These Days is the next potent slice of persuasion from the band, a festival of pop rock sure to awaken a broader and keener spotlight upon the foursome of Luigi Tiberio (vocals, synth, guitar), Alfredo Ioannone (vocals , bass), Giuseppe Cantoli (guitars), and Alessio Palizzi (drums).

Opener Bigger Picture instantly grips ears and imagination as an electro pulsing is swiftly joined by heavy resonating rhythms. It is a compelling entrance which only increases in potency as vocals bring their effect wrapped presence into an almost post punk temptation. Choppy riffs link up next as the song shifts into a synth pop/ electro rock stroll complete with imposing shadows and melodic provocation. There is also an eighties feel to the song which only adds to the evocative colour and air of the bewitching and inventively intriguing encounter.

The captivating start is followed by the mellower White Lies, keys bringing a gentle caress initially which is cored by a dark roaming bassline. Energy is raised as a catchy and harmonic chorus grasps ears, the vocals of Tiberio and cover170x170Ioannone an engaging blend which filters through into the surrounding crystalline sounds. The feistiness of the chorus leaves a spark from which the rest of the song also finds greater urgency in its presence, blooming into a controlled yet rampant charge of contagion before the album’s title track and recent single unveils its similarly infectious parade of enterprise. The track is a transfixing shuffle of elegant melodies and emotively expressive vocals within another pungent rhythmic frame, an easy addiction and thoroughly enthralling slice of creative revelry.

Both Said I and City Lifestyle keep attention and appetite bound, the first a smouldering coaxing with wiry grooves and hooks around the persistently heavy footed and thrilling bass lure from Ioannone giving greater depth to songs. There is a touch of Futureheads to the song, especially in its more agitated moments as a whispering eccentricity provides richer intrigue and sonic radiance. The song pulsates as does its successor with its flirty swagger and fleet footed shuffle. It is a treat of a persuasion, an insatiable dance of Arctic Monkey like musical and vocal hooks aligned to Editors bred melodic mischief, and one of the major pinnacles of the album.

     All The Good Fella’s is no slouch at exciting ears and feet either, its slower pace still a bubbling stroll as acidic melodies and spicy vocal harmonies play and tease over a punchy rhythmic stepping. The bass again brings the perfect contrast and compliment to the creative flames provided by Cantili and the warm keys of Tiberio. It is a template for all the songs yet not one sounds like another as proven again by Nobody Like Me and its sinew guided vibrant prowl through a raw and fiery sonic weave. The heaviest track on the album but still a virulent infection to ignite feet and emotions, the song provides another side to the character of the album and Matinée’s songwriting, even if maybe it lacks the spark of some if its predecessors.

New single Missing Pieces of a Jigsaw is next and straight away spreads a masterful cloak of contagion and melodic luster across the senses, sweeping the imagination and emotions up in its lively sunshine before passing them onto If You’re Gone. Featuring Mike Cook and Chris Geddes, past and present of Belle and Sebastian, the track is a thick and enthralling ball of impassioned melodies and expression enriched by the brass flames of Cook and rampant keys of Geddes.

The album comes to a close with 40 Years Old, a sultry and slow burning song which fails to excite as most of its companions on the album but still ensures the album leaves on a potent tempting.

From a strong first impression These Days just gets bigger and stronger with time, as mentioned never setting a fire but inducing a romance in thoughts and emotions through its presence and sound which most bands can only dream of. Matinée is heading towards very healthy and exciting horizons if the potential and majesty of their first album is anything to go by.

These Days is available via Neon Tetra Music now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/these-days/id927953442

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The Cabana Kids – The Birds & The Bees

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Picture yourself lying on a sun kissed golden beach, a warm caressing breeze and similar thoughts coaxing the body whilst a tall glass of your favourite cold liquid manna satisfies the heat inside. The only thing left once the shades are applied is to find something to seduce the ears. That is where The Cabana Kids and their tantalising EP, The Birds & The Bees, is a forceful suggestion. The five song release is an indie pop /surf rock moulded captivation, a gentle yet imposing persuasion which swiftly suggests that this is a band with the potential to excite and thrill on a global scale.

The Cabana Kids is a New York based sextet which has been stirring up a buzz locally and further afield with their aural charm offensive enthrallingly masquerading as songs. This has led to an eager anticipation for the band’s first EP, no doubt egged on by the band’s recent acclaimed debut single Just Let Me Know. The song gave all the hints and temptation needed to spark an excited wait for The Birds & The Bees, something the Small Plates Records released EP rewards with its riveting and bewitching presence. Unveiling songs seeded in all matters of the heart, the release is a lingering evocative flight of melodies and harmonies aligned to pungent rhythms, not an instant raging fire for the passions but a smouldering proposition which hangs around tempting away far longer than most intensive blazes.

Before we start note that we are going by the song order on the promo sent through to us but it has been hinted that might have changed since. Anyway here the EP opens with Mexico, a song which initially wrong foots with its vintage croon 29yh84pof keys. Like the organ music which used to open up theatre and cinema shows back in the old days, so my Dad told me, the song’s entrance has a nostalgic breath which is swiftly intriguing whilst stopping thoughts in their tracks. It is a clever introduction which is only enhanced as the voice of Hannah Morris adds her emotive, again old school effected tones to the increasingly potent tempting. Acoustic guitars and gentle beats link up soon after, as well as a sultry melodic electrified twang and the strong voice of Joseph Lee for a country-esque, sixties surf balladry brought on a swaying gait. There is no escaping the delicious retro feel of the song, with the dual vocals, as proven time and again in the subsequent tracks, a striking and pleasing texture but only one in many provocative layers within each individual recipe.

The more energetic and equally magnetic You and Me steps in next, its stroll still relaxed and reserved but with a small swagger to the rhythms and dual vocals so it bounces along with a virulent catchiness. Keys and guitars radiate sparking designs of inventive and colourful enterprise whilst the slightly darker tones of the song bubble nicely through the pulsating bass and accompanying beats. It is the vocals though which steal the show, the vivacity and smile from both sides a hug to bask in whilst dipping imaginations feet into the melodic waters around them.

The bands single Just Let Me Know lifts its rhythmic and energetic feet a little higher again, its inviting canter wrapped in expressive hues of guitar whilst Lee adds a fifties tone and resonance to the emerging treat. Taking a breath the song breaks into a hot wind of surf and indie rock contagion, thoughts of Morningwood and Two Wounded Birds creeping forward as the song further blossoms into an enthralling flame of rock pop. It is very easy to see why the song alone sparked the attention and interest in the band and The Birds & The Bees, the glorious incitement just rock ‘n’ roll in its purest melodic form.

New single Oh Lorelei is set to be received in the same feverish manner as its predecessor you can only suspect, just as the EP ultimately one assumes. The song is a gripping weave of fifties and modern ingenuity. At some points it enchants with a Bobby Rydell like tempting, in others with a Surf City spiced revelry and all aligned to a whiff of The Strokes through the song. It mounts up though to something unique and fascinating and another gripping highlight.

The EP ends with the dreamier presence of Sortida, a tender glaze of sound which takes on a new persona and addictiveness through an infectious thumping and the siren-esque harmonies of Morris which embrace the senses with beguiling radiance. The darkest song on the release but also a beacon of sonic and vocal beauty, it is a scintillating close to a mesmeric encounter.

Though still early steps, The Birds & The Bees easily suggests that The Cabana Kids has the potential and invention to make a big statement in surf and melodic rock over coming horizons, a thought hard to contain the excitement over thanks to their excellent EP.

The Birds & The Bees EP is available now via Small Plates Records @ http://smallplates.bigcartel.com/product/the-cabana-kids-the-birds-the-bees

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Hollie April – Together Alone

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A smouldering and climactically sultry embrace for ears and imagination, Together Alone is further proof of the magnetic and striking talent that is Hollie April. The new single is a delicious evocative caress of drama and emotive seduction which whilst reinforcing the already impressive presence of April unveils a new vein of potential to her songwriting and sound, which in turn will surely leads to an inevitable increased spotlight on the lady.

The 22 year-old British singer-songwriter was born and raised in Gibraltar and from the age of 12 was performing professionally. Studying at and graduating from Leeds College of Music with a BA(Hons) in Music Production, 2013 saw April performing at an array of festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Emeli Sandé, Level 42, Texas, Lawson, and Olly Murs. Her debut EP Marionette stirred up excited attention and acclaim with its release at the tail of 2013, the song The Sun and the Sea from it especially garnering potent praise and focus. Now Together Alone is poised to open up a new charge of hungry appetites and acclaim through its mesmeric beauty and compelling imagination.Hollie April 'Together Alone' Single Artwork

A caress of guitar assisted by a minimalistic bass stroke opens up a deeply evocative breath to the song. It is a captivating entrance swiftly joined by the fascinating voice of April. As expressive as they are harmoniously intriguing, her vocals spellbind ears and thoughts immediately, flirting with the imagination and the gently coaxing sounds beneath her. It is only the start of the song though, the first passage in a masterful and inventive flow of ideas and sound. A heavy strum of guitar triggers a potent stride of rhythms and elevation in the richness of both April’s voice and passion next with thoughts of Katie Bucket and UK band Jingo immediately springing to mind, the pair sharing an organic and senses inflaming ability to melodically roar.

The song continues to ebb and flow in its energy whilst increasing the startling, dramatic air and texture of its presence and narrative. It is a glorious adventure emotionally and sonically, with April’s voice an evolving climate of charm and melodic beauty. The song is bewitching as it reveals another character to the presence and craft of April, a broad yet intimate sunset for thoughts and feelings.

Hollie on the evidence of her EP and new singles is destined to make major melodic statements within British rock and pop music ahead; she has already started to be fair with Together Alone.

Together Alone is available digitally from September 22nd

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Body Futures – Brand New Silhouettes

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Mischievous, unpredictable, and relentlessly adventurous, Brand New Silhouettes is a debut which swiftly sets its creators apart from the crowd. The first album from US indie rock pop band Body Futures, the scintillating encounter is a delightfully warped and devilishly captivating collection of songs which seduce the imagination with the creative innocence of the playground and the adventurous revelry of illicit moments behind the school bike shed. To that there is a captivating mix of feverish ideation and exploratory maturity which turns every track into a unique emprise of ingenuity. The album is simply glorious which is destined to head best album lists and make the Wisconsin band one of your new best friends and lustful obsessions.

Formed in 2012, Body Futures took their time before stepping into a spotlight, taking their first year writing and rehearsing before making a live debut in 2013. Consisting of vocalist Dixie Jacobs (ex- White, Wrench, Conservatory), guitarist/vocalist Christopher Maury (ex-Five Mod Four), bassist/vocalist Michael Wojtasiak (ex-Everybody at Midnight), and vocalist/drummer D.J. Hostettler (ex- IfIHadAHiFi), Body Futures linked up with Latest Flame Records before entering Howl Street Studios to record their album with Shane Hochstetler earlier this year. What has emerged is one of the most riveting and exciting introductions to a band in a long time, certainly in the realms of indie and pop rock.

The Milwaukee quartet instantly engage ears and thoughts with opener Hooks & Eyes, the harmonically aflame vocals of Jacobs a vibrant caress to which the more unbalanced expressive tones of Hostettler bring a delicious almost crazed accompaniment. Rhythms jab within the appealing blend whist riffs carry a jagged attitude and the bass a darker throat to the enticement. It is not the most startling song to leap at the senses but a vivacious start to the album with its Weezer like festivity and slightly frenzied vocal glow which reminds of eighties band Girls At their Best.

Things move up another step with the following When You Had A Jaw and even further with A Complete Divorce straight after. The first of the pair with its great mix of male and female led vocals again carries that eighties essence, LFR-44-cover-300x300the same band as reminded of in its predecessor coming to thoughts as well as fellow US band Late Cambrian. The bouncy chorus and anthemic call of the song makes for a ridiculously catchy tempting but the band mingles it with a muddled flame of sonic agitation and atmospheric intrigue which turns the track into a whole other type of creative bedlam before closing out on the irresistible romp which set it off. It is a clever piece of songwriting and sonic incitement but soon left in the shadow of its successor. The third song starts with Jacobs alone, voice revealing more of its depths before being paced by the absorbing tones of Wojtasiak’s bass and subsequently an evocative glaze of guitar. The track is a ‘regular’ proposition initially but soon blessed by shards of discord kissed guitar resonance and a delicious flow of vocal harmonies. Thoughts of The Passions and Jingo come to the fore here, the latter the one band which most comes close to the inventive majesty of Body Futures.

From the first big peak of the album, the band dances with ears and passions through the feisty beauty of That’s So Church, its enthralling swing of hooks and beats as gripping as the mouth-watering vocals. By now you expect a little of the unexpected and the track certainly offers that with a closing discord lilted twist of inventive drama before making way for the more reserved melodic caress of Is The Skeleton A Weapon? The song smoulders and moves engagingly with a sixties teasing pop charm but along rails of sonic causticity which adds that perpetual tinge of surprise which roams the release. Not the strongest of the songs on the album but one to lick lips over all the same, it is followed by (That’s A) Big Smile (for Someone About to Drown) and its starting blaze of Sex Pistols seeded guitar and riffery. The track proceeds to jangle and rile up the passions with clashing but beautifully merged punk spiced vocals, predatory rabidity, and the melodic resourcefulness of Jacobs’ synth and autoharp prowess and of course her mesmeric vocals. Imagine Devo meets Morningwood and you get the gist of the beauty of the song which triggers another ascent in the album’s exploration and might.

The opening ‘Psycho Killer’ like lure of bass which opens up Save the Clock Tower is potent bait alone but with the military seeded rhythms and stabbing riffing soon courting the magnetic web being cast, the track is soon in irresistible control. Jacobs walks alone through it all, her voice and keys seducing from within the compelling trap like a solitary figure in the midst of an addictive alchemy, but she is really the puppeteer urging and pulling the listener into the concussive and at time disorientating maelstrom of sound and invention. It is a stunning track which is swiftly equalled by the similarly beautifully deranged fascination of Phantom Patterns Arson. Running with a pop punk energy and virulence, the track is as jagged and irritable as it is melodically rampant, vocals and keys a relentless temptation within the more antagonistically captivating web of rhythms and guitar endeavour.

Sha Na Na: Clone Project Alpha is a song about Elmer Edward Solly, an escaped convict who masqueraded as a dead member of Sha Na Na, and just as frantically warped as the other pinnacles of the album. Lurching around with the will and intensity of a Dervish yet still making time to smooch with ears through melodic fondling, the song is impossibly infectious and unique, a track to rival Save the Clock Tower though both have to bow to What Bugs Eat. The penultimate song of the album, it is an immediately challenging fusion of two extremes which simply thrills. On one side there is the vocal pop toxicity of Jacobs alongside acidic yet warming melodies and on the other, a caustic discord spawned rapacity of sound which breeds hooks and riffs which scamper over the senses with the irritancy of a thousand insects. It is a simply bewildering and brilliant union as the sides merge in a bedlam of enterprise and ingenuity

The album finishes on the thick and rich psychedelic sunset of The Spanish of Scraping, a track with a sultry air but unafraid to interrupt with moments of poetic lunacy. It is an outstanding end to a quite brilliant album, Brand New Silhouettes destined to be a marker for indie rock and pop to come you sense as it twists its mischief through ears.

Though not in sound, there is one band which Body Futures reminds of in unique invention and the distinctness of the sounds they can conjure, and that is Talking Heads and we all know what happened to them.

Brand New Silhouettes is available now on vinyl and digitally via Latest Flame Records @ http://www.latestflame.com/content/lfr-44/ and @ http://bodyfutures.bandcamp.com/album/brand-new-silhouettes

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9/10

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Pillar Point – Self Titled

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    Creating an immersive melancholic waltz for feet, thoughts, and emotions, the debut self-titled album from US electronica project Pillar Point is a fascinating captivation with a persistent almost niggling seduction which encloses the imagination in an evocative and reflective embrace whilst sparking the urge to shuffle and lift limbs. It is not a release to ignite a major fire in the belly but instead it simmers and smoulders earning a lingering respect and appetite towards its open invention.

    Pillar Point is the solo project of Seattle musician Scott Reitherman, an artist already known for his involvement with indie-pop outfit Throw Me the Statue. Exploring similar electronic textures and sounds to that band, Reitherman ventures into darker shadows and deeper emotive corners, tempering it with a melodic dance of imagination upon his solo release. Uniting with long-time collaborator and producer Charlie Smith for the Polyvinyl Record Company released album, Reitherman takes Pillar Point and the listener on a fascinating soar through crystalline atmospheres and sirenesque electro embraces, an adventure equally unafraid to step into personal reflective shadows.

     The album opens with the masterful Diamond Mine, the song a weave of electronic alchemy honed into an enthralling flame of melodic enticement. From its first caress of vintage sounding synthesizer the song is seducing the imagination, the mellow falsetto leaning vocals of Reitherman adding to the warm suasion. Dark bass tones politely groan from within the flames, beats adding potent jabs to cast a little further darkness to the sunspot of a song. It is an absorbing entrance and stroll but one which shows its true toxicity with the exceptional chorus. As it hits, discord invites itself to the mesmeric party and immediately cast a dark irresistible glaze to proceedings vocally and musically. It attaches its claws like a mix of very early Ultravox and Thomas Dolby filtered through the dark intimidation of Joy Division. It is a scintillating moment in a terrific start to the album, one it never manages to emulate again.

     The following infection soaked Eyeballs and the celestial Cherry give it a strong go though, the first an eager energetic bound of guitar teasing and mischievous rhythms within an electro cloud with as much tendency to haunt and shadow emotions as it has to seduce them. Its successor washes over ears with an ethereal breath and temptation which again mixes melancholy and warmth into an emotive sailing of the imagination. Like its predecessor the song is awash with an infectious bewitchment which lingers and inspires long after its departure.

     Black Hole steps up next with its rhythmic bait poised and ready to hypnotise from its first second, the ear clipping beats a constant provocation within a tantalising electronic entrapment. Smothering and inspiring thoughts into a personal adventure, the song is a vibrant tempting which has toes and heels itching to join the mix, something which Strangers In Paradise in its noir kissed romance also achieves with a slow steady saunter. As with the opener, there is an eighties synth pop essence to the song especially in its darkest climate, bands like Felt and Comsat Angels brought to mind by the sultry elegance and rhythmic intimidation respectively of the encounter. Its unpredictability and fusion of discord spawned ingenuity with warm melodic blushes is a compelling treat and across the whole album this type of union continually provides the strongest pinnacles of the landscape.

    Both Dreamin’ and Touch expressively glow in the passions, if at times with sluggish lures that stir rather than stoke the fires, whilst the delicious tease of Curious Of You with its electro devilry and contagious harmonies incites the coals to another feverish hunger. It is a track which holds the hands and whirls you around its hazy scenery in one fluid escapade for the duration of the refreshing dance. It is a magnetic incitement matched by the closing slice of mesmerism, Echoes. As its title the song resonates and pulsates relentlessly in the psyche and imagination, another weave of electronic and melodic beauty coaxed further by the impressive tones of Reitherman.

    The song concludes in fine style a magnetic release, an encounter from Pillar Point which maybe does not cause the passions to erupt but instead invites and persuades them to linger for vast swathes of time long past its farewell…a reward which arguably is the greater and very appealing.

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8/10

RingMaster 04/03/2014

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Mark Morriss – A Flash of Darkness

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     The Bluetones was a band which never really grabbed our attention, certainly nudging it numerous times across their thirteen hit singles and three Top Ten albums, but never making that incisive move to enthral as they did so many others. Former band frontman Mark Morriss though has had little problem managing to not only awaken but gripping that focus with his second solo album A Flash of Darkness. Consisting of eleven provocative flights of imaginative indie pop with a folk underbelly and soaked in evocative colour, it is a mesmeric adventure bounding eagerly and vivaciously through reflective and tempering shadows. Released via Acid Jazz Records, A Flash of Darkness is a masterful seduction and for our minds the best thing the singer songwriter has unveiled.

     The album follows Morriss’ debut album Memory Muscle of 2008, a folk-infused encounter featuring string arrangements from the legendary composer David Arnold which never really rustled up major attention. From the splitting up of The Bluetones in 2011, Morriss has engaged in successful solo tours as well as writing and performing with Matt Berry on his recordings and shows as well as creating his own prog outfit The Maypoles and writing music for David Walliams’ award winning Children’s audio books. A Flash of Darkness continues the musician’s solo adventure with a smile and swagger which enlivens the sounds and invention rippling through the release, the latter aspect a subtle coaxing rather than the loud toxicity you feel it might have been in someone else’s hands.

    The title track opens up the proposition, a song one originally written for a short-lived musical project of Morriss and Berry 1656207_635396076509138_2127819875_ncalled The Swedish Twins. A sultry Morricone bred call and ambience wraps the ears first, tower bells and whistles sculpting the scenery before the song falls into a sixties pop tasting embrace with the recognisable tones of Morriss adding their warmth to the climate. That mentioned vaunt soaks the song, a brass jazz temptation teasing greater emotion the way of the track whilst the tango of guitar invention and heated harmonies only intensify the virulently irresistible bait. Visually evocative and tenderly commanding, the opener is a sensational slice of songwriting, an artistic adventure to set things off on a real high.

    Whereas you can almost add a touch of The Wonder Stuff to the first song, its predecessor Consuela with its gentler yet no less infectious presence, has an eighties flavouring which induces thoughts of The Bluebells and occasionally The Lightning Seeds. Keys add further romance to the persuasion alongside that offered by the melodies and excellent vocal expression. Potent in sound and draped in provocative imagination fuelled hues, the track takes the passions by the hands and whisks them around that summer drenched eighties dancefloor with elegance and contagion before making way for the folkier and rhythmically punchy Guilty Again. A piano crafted beauty immediately kisses thoughts as vocals and a rhythmic prodding skirts its elegance but as with all songs it is one facet of evolving and expanding adventures. Like a lingering smooch, the track strolls with a boisterous gait flinging its happy melodies and hooks around with joyous enterprise to invite and ignite the same pleasure in its recipient.

    Both the mesmeric It’s Hard To Be Good All The Time and the enjoyable cover of The Shins’ Pink Bullets engage and treat with resourceful radiance and splendour, though neither can grip the same high level as previous songs. Despite that neither leaves satisfaction empty or provides weak enticement, diversity and ideas persistently leading the imagination into a submissive grin whilst the next infection under the guise of Low Company unveils an enveloping breeze of lyrical and melodic suasion in another sixties/seventies air to seduce from start to finish.

    Life Without F(r)iction  with its country twang is the next to lift feet from the floor, its bouncy heart unfussy and impossibly tempting before the best song on the album, This Is The Lie (and That’s The Truth), steps up to run its addiction coated fingers through the passions. An acoustic croon with Morriss offering a minimalistic lyrical and musical bewitchment, the track is pure aural manna, additional sirenesque harmonies and small bursts of energy bringing a creative virulence upon ears and emotions. It’s tempting borders on molestation but is simply melodic alchemy at play, the same toxin running through the veins of Space Cadet. The song with a wider brush of sounds and invention smothers the ears in a celestial ambience around thick and deeply permeating melodies, the result another exceptional fascination.

    The album closes with firstly another cover, this of Kavinsky’s Nightcall, which without earning the same ardour as the original material still leaves emotions enthralled, and the slow burning Sleep Song, an exceptional track which took time to make its strongest case but over time evolved into another big anthemic highlight. The pair closes up A Flash of Darkness in fine and endearing fashion leaving a return into the release a demanding option, a choice consistently rewarded each and every time by Morriss in one of the early albums of the year. Whether The Bluetones is a lure or not for you, this is one pop album you must not bypass without delving deeply into.

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9/10

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