Das Album entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit Pete Kember, vielleicht besser bekannt als Sonic Boom (Spaceman 3, Spectrum), und Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) und wurde zumindest in England zu Beginn des Jahres veröffentlicht. Deutschland ging leer aus und hat dadurch etwas verpasst.
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Opener Sunset's rush of angry chords is eerily similar to Spacemen classic Revolution. Where Spacemen 3 were Walkin' With Jesus, WNS frontman Daniel Henley can't stop himself dropping in a reference to "me and the Devil, walkin' side by side". At times, it all feels so fiendishly counterfeit that you expect a visit from the sonic police, but the drones and psychedelic melodies are impeccably well done, and at times sublime. No Place to Hide conjures up a particularly translucent, opiate clam, while (In Both) Dreams and Ecstasies edges into more glacial Fripp and Eno territory. Actual originality is hard to pin down, though the Krautrocky Fire in the Still Sea introduces the not so psychedelic sound of Swansea's seagulls.
Remember hearing ‘Spread Your Love’ by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in 2001? Remember how you thought it was so great that you told some of your friends? They still take the piss out of you for it, don’t they? Well, this could be déjà vu.
It’s not that bad, really. Get beyond the bluster and cliché of tracks like ‘Blood’ (huge chunky riffs and defiant, druggy lyrics) and ‘Sunset’ (dark, crunchy and drenched in feedback) and you come to the loveliness of ‘Fires In The Still Sea’, a chiming dreamscape of synthesiser, seabirds and waves. And the haunting ‘No Place To Hide’, with its repetitive, echoing refrain harking back to Krautrock. There’s an inevitability to the appearance of a sitar on ‘Don’t Wait For Me’ – something that co-producers Pete Kember (Spacemen 3) or Cian Ciaran (Super Furries) should have discouraged, but such schoolboy errors can be excused on a debut. If they can get through festival season without a Kate Moss collaboration/tabloid headline, they should be fine.