A few months ago, we reviewed the debut ‘double-A-sided’ single by Edinburgh five-piece LETTERS, and our considered opinion thus:
‘I know it’s early days, and very hard to judge a band with such a distinctive sound on the strength of only two songs. However, if they can find enough variation in sound to fill their live set and an album’s worth of songs, then I’m sure LETTERS will soon spell success.’
OK – so putting the cheesiness of that rather bold statement to one side for a moment, how does the follow-up ‘Flash! Lights’ stack up?
Well, I’d say it stacks up high enough to put the debut ‘Grand National’ firmly in the shade! Sure, it’s down to personal preferences, but I happen to think that if you’re using a cello as a key instrument in any band, and use it to it’s full effect, the piece has really got to be moody and dark. Or totally ‘experimental’ noise, perhaps. But it’s the former that LETTERS go for here.
However, ‘Flash! Lights,’ is by no means a morose trek through dirge city. There is a constant beat bouying the song along and vocalist Michael Ferguson’s relaxed vocal style is beautifully harmonised by (I’m guessing) cellist Georgie. Whoever ….
The track builds almost imperceptibly for the first three quarters of its duration before erupting into a full-on orchestrated soundrack of a climax.
Anyway – here it is! (And it’s available NOW as a free download, presumably from the band’s website.)
I’d definitely keep an eye and ear out for these guys in the coming months.
(Available now – July 2011.)
(9 / 10)