New Cassettes, The Art Of . . .

newcassettesLess bluesy than The Sammies but with the same carefree abandon this debut album is easy on the ear — a fun bundle that would sit great as the soundtrack to some late night footy montage or a sun-kissed surf flick, strange to imagine it hails from Northampton. Substance is there too – if you want it – This Way to Progress sees singer Tom Stubbs musing about life passing him by while fresh single Hearts Don’t Beat Right has Bloc Party swagger before Bloc Party headed down that path marked introspective dullness.

Of course fans of My Chemical Romance apalled at this five-piece’s lack of scary mascara might well ask if the world needs another suchrose-laden injection of cheery indie, but New Cassettes have compiled in these ten gorgeously sweet songs a heady elixir for credit crunch depression. I Built the Ark with its Finn brothers melodic stomp and Lighthouse are cases in point: uplifting to the point of hysteria. Lovely stuff.

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