Latest Melodic offering from the Glaswegian Mercury prize nominees.
‘No Danger’ the latest single to be taken from the bands third album ‘The Great Eastern’ finds the Scottish four-piece in fine form. Built around a basic piano and guitar combination greatly enhanced by an almost orchestral string arrangement and added child vocals, this track brings a new meaning to the word ‘pretty’. Now I’m not a great one for choruses of children, but used in this context, they work, especially when Alan Woodward’s voice tone is slightly engineered to produce a rougher lower tone throughout the chorus. All through the song, the vocals seem almost irrelevant compared to the instrumental surroundings, but take the time to focus on the lyrics and you won't be disappointed. Slightly reverberated and seemingly effortless they are not to be missed or brushed over. This song may not be shockingly different or far removed from current musical trends, but in truth it just doesn’t need to be.
Towards the latter stages the song continues to build with the inclusion of the aforementioned string quartet and driving piano chords, placed on top of gentle lyrics and ever present cymbal meanderings. But just as it seems to be evolving into something short of glorious, the unthinkable occurs… Yep possibly one of the worst fade-outs to date, a fade-out so bad, your focus is lifted from the 3mins 50secs of splendour and placed with a proverbial thud on to the question why? The production of this record up to that point, was flawless in terms of vocal balance, melodic charm and instrumental timing - such a shame they had to end on a down note.
A gorgeous soothing little number - well for the first 3mins 50 secs anyway!
8Vic Bird's Score