Post War Years - The Greats And The Happenings

Simultaneously unoriginal and yet resolutely polished and captivatingly performed.

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Released 19 May 2009 | Wealth | By Martin Guttridge-Hewitt | Rating: 3
Post War Years - The Greats And The Happenings

Like Peter Brewis meeting The Notwist on DFA, Post War Years' debut is simultaneously unoriginal and yet resolutely polished and captivatingly performed. 'Death March' and 'The Whole World On Its Head' are the first unabashedly big tunes offered; falsetto vocals driven by stepping, snare-filled drum patterns being the order of the day, the latter track heralding a respectable sing-along chorus of strained "lights on/lights on", raising the emotional level. Unusually there are few moments of lounge-electro, with the band preferring to focus more on the dancefloor potential of the indie-dance hybrid.

In 'Den' the trend is bucked, hazy synths maraud through plucked guitars and brushed cymbals, whilst the opening of 'Ghost Door' conjures images of future-choirs and retro TV adverts of the ethereal jingle variety- it's unclear if this really works - before we're brought back down from the clouds with a bump and 'False Starts'.

'Latin Holiday' smacks of Bloc Party, perhaps in Ibiza with TV On The Radio, which is not a bad description for the majority of the album. The real show stealer is the hidden track at the end of the listed seven and a half minutes of 'That's All'. Built in the mould of 'Den', it's a return to dark but heavenly synths and gradually building vocal crescendos. At risk of slipping into eletoronic-pop-indie obscurity, they're probably not going to change the world, but it's probably better that their music is in it.