The knights in New South Wales shining armour, riding to the salvation of their countries flagship city, are none other than indie-pop impresarios , JUBILANTS. Infuriatingly though the rescue mission has been not so much a revolution rousing gallop, but more a sedate Sunday pony trek, with stops for refreshments, sunbathing and any other distraction you care to envisage! Back in March of last year, the quartet appeared set to storm the music industry ramparts when debut single 'Antics' rocketed up The Hype Machine chart, but what's followed was....well, nothing really, as things got more attritional and a patient wait began to see whether or not that initial promise could be backed up through subsequent material. Exactly 365 days on from that first release the answer came, and there was a collective mopping of brows when it turned out that, not only had the first effort been matched, they'd actually stepped their game up a notch. With it's springy, Two Door Cinema Club, guitar hooks, woo hoo'd backing vocals and unashamedly pop chorus, 'Antics' was like a fresh faced indie kid, giddily throwing shapes on the dancefloor with a care free abandon. New single 'Spain' though plays things cooler; we're viewing the scene through the gaze of a more seasoned and worldly companion, who's been there, done it, and is now content to watch from the sidelines - still with a twinkle in the eye, but a cautious heart to protect. The guitars remain light on their feet and the anthemic attributes stay in tact, but as Balearic flavoured synths, akin to those adopted by Polaresets, billow and break around a maudlin vocal, the prevailing mood is reflective rather than go-getting - and it's all the better for it. Two songs down, two big ticks on the page - let's just hope we don't have to wait a full year for the next one!
*Although if they do want to wed me then that would be nice.
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