Ever been dazzled by a pulsating mesmeric light that makes you step back whilst appreciating its strength and array of eager colours? Then you will know what to expect when listening to the new single from UK pop band Vinyl Jacket except this time it is sonically bedazzling. Red Light the third single from the Northumberland quintet is a kaleidoscope of musical hues which court and engage from second to second every corner of the senses. Released via The Calico Print label the single is a vibrant wave of warmth to ignite smiles and fun.
Emerging from the small village of Wylam the band create upbeat pop which is slightly off kilter and a cousin to quirky discordant indie sounds. Formed in 2010 the band has already seized the attention of the likes of Chris Moyles, Huw Stephens Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, and Tom Robinson, their debut single Painting Stations and its successor Koala capturing ever eager hearts. Supporting Little Comets around the UK and appearances at the Evolution Festival, the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival, as well as radio plays and features all went to make 2011 a big year for the band. The new single seems set to take this success into 2012 and the combined skill and creativity of Ben Dancer, Sam Quilliam, Jack Dancer, Andrew Roberts, and David Pullen sure to continue their formidable ascent as Vinyl Jackets.
Red Light opens on tingling beats and falsetto vocals that instantly alert the ear to something unique. A sparkling crescendo of enthused guitars make their addition to the already infectious start and the song evolves into one which ebbs and flows with reserved temptation and urgent desire to fire up the senses. The band swings their melodies before the ear like lanterns, coming in and out with a depth and touch that offers unpredictability and flourishing enjoyment. The mix of the expressive voice, stirring guitars, and synths which swarm over the ear wonderfully leaves the listener in a warm daze and eager to fall back into the songs sparkling arms.
The single comes with a remix version from Mercury-nominated artist Everything Everything. Here the song is taken to a place where its shine is dulled and length stretched to an earthier but no less enveloping presence. As it should be the original version out radiates the remix but it has a charm and essence of its own to add to an impressive release.
Vinyl Jacket are a band on a rise which shows no sign of slowing and with Red Light, their previous singles plus tracks like the party in the ear Isabelle and the brilliant feast of sound that is Lucky Soldiers already treating the ear, the band, pop and joy itself has a very exciting time ahead.