I know I’m a bit late. We’re almost due for an Album of the Month: November (which I assure you will be a lot quicker to develop then this one). It’s strange too, because this here album is quite possibly the easiest pick I’ve ever had to make. I mean, it’s shockingly brilliant. I literally can’t believe how much I am stoked over this record.
I prematurely announced that this record would be released on the 30th of September. However, due to the unforeseen circumstance of one of the band members breaking a bone or being sick or something reasonable, the release date was pushed back to the 15th of October. Not released on Australian iTunes, I was understandably furious that I could only listen to this glorious collection over YouTube, having to ride out the train and only listen to this new stuff on my computer when I got home. Furthermore, about four of the tracks on the album have been previously released, including two (Worry and Waiting in the Shadows in the Dead of Night) that were released back in February/March! Nevertheless, it is clear that in the short time Little Comets have been ticking along in the spotlight, their sound has matured at an incredible rate. Their debut record, In Search of Elusive Little Comets, was a collection of your standard British pop tunes with vibes taken straight off the likes of The Wombats, The Kooks or even perhaps to a lesser extent We Are Scientists.The vibrant three part harmonies and stop/start clanging of guitars rivalling the drummer for control of driving the beat of the songs, alongside Robert Coles unreal ability to make a crafted, polished voice sound gritty and cool. It was one to be reckoned with and justifiably gave them notoriety in the UK.
|Little Comets Live accompanied by hanging percussion
Enough said about their old stuff. We’re hear to give praise to the new and mature version of Little Comets. Life Is Elsewhere is a polished number that doesn’t pit their old stuff against their new stuff, but rather effectively showcases their growth as a band the way the fans would want it to happen. There’s no “oh they’ve sold out” or “they tried too hard to be proper musicians and ended up making some wanky experimental record”. They just got better, more interesting and fresh. It’s still the same Little Comets vibe that all the fans (well assuming I speak on behalf of all the fans) loved, but not the same old shit. Tracks like The Western Boy resonated the most with me, highlighting the carefully crafted musicianship of the band in the alternating time signatures layed out in the drums, the jumpy falsetto over the scurrying lead guitar all culminating in the simple words “One day I’ll wake up and I won’t need you”pitching to the crowd a straight forward catchy chorus that shows the people that although their musicianship is getting much more wicked, the essence is still that of a fun, enjoyable British pop band. Older singles like Worry and Jennifer are easy tunes guaranteed to get stuck in the old noggin for days whilst having tines of originality that can only be identifiable in conjunction with this one particular band.
The stand out tracks for me would probably be Bayonne (featured on this months BIRP! Playlist and an earlier Whamtam Ten issue), Semaphores on the Lawn and W-O-E. Maybe this is because I am usually opposed to the first single after hearing awesome stuff on the rest of the record, I may have immediately dodged the singles. But these are just great tracks that include a whole mix of everything that is good about Little Comets. The first single of the record prior to the release is also the first track, titled A Little Opus and is actually a great song in its own right but for some reason was a little plain for me in comparison to all the other great stuff. All in all, save for maybe one crusier tune I think they didn’t spend much time on, it’s an almost flawless album.
So there’s my album of the month for…almost two months ago…better late than never! Do yourself a favour and go pick it up if you somehow can! We need to get them popular in Australia so they will tour over here!! Do it now.