By The Strange Death of Liberal England
'Lighthouse' is another unique blend of folk, sea-shanty and mainstream indie influences, gummed together by frontman Adam Woolway's distinctive and heartfelt warble. The verses place the emphasis firmly on Adam Woolway's vocals which, when they aren't wobbling uncertainly, are rising to a ragged, unpolished lament, and are utterly compelling. A dark wail of backing vocals and jackhammer drums propel the listener into a big, banner-waving chorus that manages to tower like your average stadium-ballad, while sounding as quirky as the songs you hear pedalled by unsigned bands in sticky-floored basements. This is the kind of chorus that continues blaring between your ears - and lifting your spirits - long after you've switched off your CD player.