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To keep us topped up with LO goodness until then, the twosome have dropped third single ‘Wonderkind’. Four-and-a-half minutes of dreamy kaleidoscope pop, the great thing about this track is that underpinning the lushness and the trickery is a melody
‘It All Feels Right’ is summer encapsulated, as meticulously retro production reminiscent of The Avalanches throws dreamy strings against a perfectly balanced mix of live and computerized instrumentation. Put this on (along with some suncream) and pretend it’s hot outside.
This is pop. There is saxophone. Borrell still knows how to write a ludicrous lyric. But, most importantly perhaps, the melody and Borrell’s deliver are top drawer. There is fun in here, there is playfulness in here.
Some songs seem to capture perfectly the woozy intoxication that goes along with a night out with a good group of people. This new cut by Cymbals is one of those songs
New single, ‘Shimmer’, has a sliver of Peace about it, mixed with just a punch of early Muse, and comes out of the blocks like a freight train, whipping itself up into a cyclone of guitars and echoey, reverbed vocals
‘Lose Your Colour’ sits somewhere between Eliza Doolittle and Norah Jones and is the sound of summer condensed into a three-and-a-half minute pop ditty.
Based around a subdued computerised hip hop beat and left-field percussion, ‘Conversations’ sees the warmth of Dixon’s vocals melt over the intricate instrumentation, as we are left hanging onto every word of his effortless delivery.
Bobbing along neatly on an almost Motown-esque backline, guitars shimmer over the top, as does Sophie-Rose’s dreamy, balmy vocal. This is really classy pop music.
Embracing the optimistic end of the folk spectrum, ‘Snobbery’ sees Ian Ray’s vocals find resonance amongst class based lyrical wit, his soft tone meandering over saccharine swooning strings and gentle guitars for an overwhelmingly cheerful, distinctly British sound.
Throughout it Miller showcases her straight-down-the-line, unfussy vocal style while showcasing her knack of writing melodies that will stay in your head for days on end
‘Stay True’ contains all the factors that made PINS so resonant in the first place, yet the introduction of crowd-ready chants takes them into borderline anthemic territory, as we begin to see grander nuances amongst the gloom.