Just about every track on San Cisco could be a single and, with the way things have gone over the past year, there’s every chance they will be.
Short answer: yes. San Cisco is, at its core, an old fashioned pop record for a modern age. Never outstaying its welcome, it borrows bits and pieces from the best British and American guitar pop of the last decade and fashions them into an intoxicating whole. There's a little Vampire Weekend, a dash of Foster The People with just a tad of Metronomy in there as well. The difference between San Cisco and other groups of their ilk is the way their magpie tendencies come without a hint of pretension, leading more to a kaleidoscopic homage than a flat-out rip-off. Opener Beach and latest hit Wild Things both owe instrumental debts to Gorillaz, but Scarlett Stevens' distinctively deadpan vocals make them very worthy additions. In fact, just about every track on San Cisco could be a single and, with the way things have gone over the past year, there's every chance they will be.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.