Album Review: Playwrite - Cathedrals

10 November 2015 | 1:07 pm | Matt MacMaster

"There's a kitchen sink mentality here that shrugs off restraint."

The first thing you notice about Playwrite's debut album is how adult it is.

While Playwrite comfortably inhabit pop, there's a kitchen sink mentality here that shrugs off restraint, and there's a huge amount of confidence on display. There's some big noise on this record, beautiful lush sections of many layers that build and billow outwards in all directions, with strong Grizzly Bear vibes. Songs start small, gathering momentum, with swirling guitars and rolling drum patterns gliding alongside some really nice harmonies. It's a little saccharine in parts, but the lack of subtlety is balanced by an awful lot of heart.