I was watching TV the other night and a programme came on showcasing the nominees for the 2017 Mercury Music Prize. One band immediately caught my attention so this morning I listened to the previews on iTunes, got to the fifth track and decided it was a definite purchase. This debut album reminds me a lot of Britpop band Sleeper who I also really like. Sleeper’s lead singer Louise Wener wrote some really lyrically interesting songs which also contained catchy guitar hooks. Not to say that The Big Moon sound like a dated 90’s band. but they have a similarly pleasing and very enjoyable mix of guitars and lyrics. They sound like they had a lot of fun recording this and I get a feeling they will be great to see live so will definitely check out their next London dates.
Standout track: Pull The Other One
Alongside Blur and Oasis there were numerous other Britpop bands, of which Sleeper were one of the best. This album is there finest in my opinion and is a brilliant collection of songs. It is intelligently written and has the classic 90’s Britpop sound of catchy melodies and jangly guitar riffs. Louise Wener has one of those wonderfully distinctive voices that purrs the lyrics with a slight huskiness. This is a great album to listen to, particularly on a sunny day like today. Some are the tracks are less than 3 minutes, so you get that “hit and run” feeling, where the songs just arrive, do what they gotta do and bang, they’re gone. Sadly I never got to see them live, but I might get the chance now they have reformed earlier this year. If you have never checked out Sleeper this is a great album to start with.
Standout track: Statuesque