Bryant is a fantastic lyricist: sophisticated, self-deprecating, super-quirky.
The ambling strut and slide guitar of In The Snow transition seamlessly into the banjo-laced swagger of Icy Faces and something else becomes evident – these guys are not here to play the same song ten times over. Although common elements permeate the record, fundamental feelings keep morphing – airy pseudo-funk (No Epiphanies), down-tempo balladry (Friends With The Night) and upbeat pop (Pray Tell), among other idiosyncratic stylistic staples. Standout track Bummer highlights two particular areas in which this album shines – firstly, it's a headphone listen. A tonne of work has gone into mixing and production, and the song's channel-hopping chorus “ohhs” are a prime example of how much attention to detail has been paid not just here but throughout the record. Secondly, you'll note that Bryant is a fantastic lyricist: sophisticated, self-deprecating, super-quirky. Which is really kind of a nice summation of the album
This week's new sets include the return of UK's Foals plus local acts Last Dinosaurs, The Snowdroppers and The Paper Kites.