It doesn't really make sense. They sound like The Smiths tribute band Brandon Flowers sometimes wishes he fronted (when NOY singer Brandon Reilly sings "and now the days go by, they go by oh so slow", Morrissey's face appears in your head along with it) but somehow simultaneously Nightmare Of You sound like a semi-acoustic emo band. But then, recent support slots with Fall Out Boy, Biffy Clyro and Delays pretty much sum up this weird combination of sounds that they so elegantly straddle.
This giddy love song offers itself up as if nothing else matters, but the tune itself fails to be quite so life-changing. It seems stuck in loveliness, and fails to convey the torturous loneliness that the lyrics suggest they're trying to. Then again, perhaps the picture they're trying to paint is one of blind optimism that a certain break-up won't last forever – a largely underused stage in the heartbreaking process, as far as musical interpretations are concerned.
It's pretty and possesses all the vital signs of an instantly loveable pop song. It seems hard to tell whether there's much more depth to it, but when a song is as enjoyable and dreamy as this, is there any good reason to care?
7Fiona McKinlay's Score