Cherbourg - Into The Dark EP

'Shine' colours in its sweetly bowed violin work with bright hued vocals of longing.

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Released 2 Jun 2009 | Chess Club | By James Lawrenson | Rating: 3-5
Cherbourg - Into The Dark EP

Cherbourg is a port town in Normandy, like a Gallic Felixstowe. Less teen pregnancy, more baguettes. Or something. Anyway, Cherbourg, the band, are from that troublesome London folk scene that's kicking everyone's shins right now. They don't follow Mumford's or Noah's direction, instead - particularly on 'Man' - making like The Maccabees and turning into an uptempo The National. They falter slightly on 'Goldmine', which sounds like Snow Patrol. Fail. 'Let Yourself Love' makes with the guitars and the angst, but angst in that passive aggressive indie way. It helps us forget the one that went before.

'Shine' colours in its sweetly bowed violin work with bright hued vocals of longing. Listen to "I'll swallow my pride if you swallow yours, please don't lose your appetite" and try not to swoon. It bears much more relation to the scene they come from than anything else here - it does that lovely folk shit that everyone should love. All it leaves us is to make an overlong nautical metaphor to rap things up: Cherbourg are sailing away to shores more splendid. LAND AHOY.