POCKET RECORDS LTD 15.4.12
This is a debut album that was borne from tragedy - the painful loss of family members and close friends, near death experiences and failed relationships (lead singer Alex Starling is formerly of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – his former band member Charles Haddon took his own life backstage at a gig). This seems to be an album where the two founding members Ian Palmer and Starling are able to express themselves and find a way of dealing with their pain and losses.
Despite this melancholy, opening track ‘Ghosts’ is a lively number – it is upbeat and syncs nicely into ‘Enough Time’ with its disco vibe. ‘Company Like Yours’ is rawer than the other tracks – definitely not upbeat and made me feel a little sad if I am honest.
This album confused me – at times it is upbeat pop that is almost reminiscent of the Lightening Seeds in places (I’m not a fan but I guess there are a few of you out there) but the smattering of the slower guitar numbers confuses matters. I would have much preferred to have an album of the slower more tracks as they seem realer somehow (if that makes sense). They have an edge to them, a vulnerability that makes the other tracks seem superficial. If you disregard the Broudie-esque tracks then this is a good album.