By Ian Smith
There is nothing like an album title giving the game away. ‘Solargaze’ does exactly what it says on the tin. The eponymous opener sets the scene and glides into ‘Rectify’, with its Cocteau-esque guitars. ‘Walk Away’ (thankfully not a Cast cover) carries on the vibe, think of ‘Whirlpool’-era Chapterhouse as a point of reference.
The tracks sit in their own backwater, subtle electronic flourishes wash in and out, none-more-so than on ‘The Loop’, with its lilting vocals carried on an urgent drum track. These guys have clearly been swatting-up on some original ‘Gaze pioneers. The LP finishes with ‘Today’ and the track managements to encapsulate the feel of the album as a whole.
It’s most definitely an album for the summer. Grab a martini, a deckchair and some light reading and let this wash you to sleep.
You can listen to Solargaze here