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.Read more on The Mojo Fins Listen to The Mojo Fins on Spotify
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.