'Wanderlust' is the lead single (it's already been remixed by Charli XCX and How To Dress Well), with an enormous synth hook that bobs through rhythmic bass and Scattergood's waltzing, ethereal vocals. It's instantly burnt into your mind, the chart-poised chorus of "Wanderlust/ Wanderlust/ Following my feet as I keep dancing down this endless street," bouncing through your brain long after you've finished listening to the track. 'Disco Damaged Kid' bears similarities to Polly Scattergood with breathy, dulcet pipes from the woman herself, but as the pre-chorus lurches and looms, it becomes clear that although she's kept some elements of her beginnings, she's now entered a far bigger realm that comprises all-encompassing pads of twinkling joy and 90s trance percussion. (...)
The standout cut on the record is closely contested. 'Cocoon' features one of the most sublime melodies of the year; it's whitewashed with chilled keys and shimmering synthpop noises - at first glance it appears to be a titanic chunk of soppy melancholia, but as the noises wear on, it becomes obvious that this is eternally hopeful in spite of crushing self-doubt: "From my cocoon of angel wings/ from my cocoon I'm gonna let you in." The other heavyweight on Arrows is 'Subsequently Lost'. Brimming with glimmering piano melodies and indie-house wobs, it channels the tense tangle of emotions of post-breakup depression: "You said I was the sunshine behind your destruction." Scattergood's innate talent for glorious melody and humane lyrics is all-too-present on this record, and you'd have to be Scrooge incarnate to not feel any pangs of pain while listening.
Those who doubted Scattergood's allure beyond her first long-player will hurriedly flock to rally behind her when Arrows drops. Her turn towards electro-pop is a natural one; not once does the intense synth presence detract or distract from her storytelling. It took four years to create, but this upcoming endeavour is well worth the wait, and could help turn Scattergood from an unsung hero into a household name.