The Mojo Fins - The Sound That I Still Hear

'First Conversation' immediately launches their flag and lets us know what they're about, and why we should listen to them.

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Released 7 Apr 2009 | Amazon | By Chris Cope | Rating: 3
The Mojo Fins - The Sound That I Still Hear

Debut albums are difficult little things. There are so many variables, each contributing to its success or downfall; some come by and are sock-blower-offs, whilst some tumble and are never seen again. Some, however, sit between the two, leaving us anxiously anticipating the next album. 'The Sound That I Still Hear' is one of these - it's solid, and offers real hope for the future.

'First Conversation' opens with clean guitars that sound like we've heard them before, which, any unknown law-suits aside, surely is a grand thing. This track immediately launches the Mojo Fins flag and lets us know what they're about, and why we should listen to them. The melodic verses melt into time-signature abnormality, and slip back into catchy grand scheme of things without blinking, let alone breaking a sweat. Tracks like 'Final Correspondence' and 'Meet Me At The Pictures' give off a sort of progressive indie feel, akin to Incubus at times, although it feels the musical experimentation can be a tad contrived.

A shining light is 'Always Now', reminiscent of Snow Patrol when actually up-tempo. An ascending vocal melody in the verse blends brilliantly with the backing "ahh ahhs", and with a memorable chorus to boot, this is pretty exciting stuff. And with the band having lost their previous singer in a 2007 road accident, this whole album exudes a real poignancy. Let's hope they can build on this promising release, not only for themselves, but also for their former bandmate too.