The chorus to the track Gold, states “we are gold, we’ll say nothing“, which is absolutely fine by us, as music blogs like ours will be happy to shout for you loud and clear if you keep producing music as startlingly great as this shimmering alt-indie.
If you enjoy the tidy guitars of Two Door Cinema Club, of a kind which dance around like popcorn, or the afro-flavours of Tanlines, then you should become as enamoured as we have with this four-piece from Leeds. Their music is as tight and crisp as anything we’ve heard in recent times, seemingly erratic, as the beats and riffs dart about like a hummingbird. Even though at first glance they seem as hard to snare as grabbing bubbles, what you eventually find is that the music fills the space with warm melodies, particularly as they break for fantastic choruses.
These constructions are packed with oxygen, breathing so easily, particularly with the light guitaring that seems to be its brilliant signature move. The beats also feature prominently – so talented is their drummer, Greg Round – with rapid knocks that are as sharp as a tailors suit, lead by the slapped snare that hits late in each beat. It’s this feature that gives each song its busy feel, rapidly flicking around with about as much patience as a fly that’s landed on a line of cocaine.
They’re not scared of a winding build up and a joyful climax too, as they release the energy in each tune – as witnessed in the excellent track Wreck Ashore, that swirls up so much it actually comes to a complete stop for about five seconds, as if it’s breached the edges of the atmosphere and is hanging in an airless space, before bringing it back to a closing burst. This pattern is repeated on the impressive tune, Her Heart Is Quite Useless, which seems like they’ve separated out all the notes, playing each one with independence, before closing with a satisfying whip to the mixture.
This style of pretty, alternative indie pop, has been on the rise in recent years, ever since the all-conquering Foals struck their first high-pitched notes, but Loose Talk Costs Lives take it to another level, seeming like the perfect fusion of every band that’s ever been under that same influence. (MB)
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