By The Electric Cinema
Originally scheduled for late 2006, you could say The Electric Cinema's self-titled debut album has been a long time coming. Having had the pleasure of reviewing this bands impressive debut single 'Heat Exchange' last year it was only natural I wanted to hear more.
You could probably throw this Watford 4-piece into a basket with several indie-pop bands to have come out of America in recent years, but to their own credit, they do sound distinctively British. Their melodic indie-pop sound contains hints of psychedelia, conjuring up striking similarities with The Flaming Lips, whilst the vocals from Dan Neale are fuelled with bitter-sweet melancholy, perhaps even touching on the style of the lead singer of Athlete.
The bands sing-along debut single 'Heat Exchange', recent offering 'Cut Down' and album closer 'It's Fire We Crave The Most' provide the most ear-catching moments on what is a very consistent record. Though admittedly, there is nothing here that grabs you by the throat, this release doesn't really contain anything that makes you want to press eject on the CD player either, and for what The Electric Cinema might lack in originality they certainly make up for with charm and execution.
In the end, The Electric Cinema is a solid and pleasant debut, with enough potential to suggest that these guys are well worth keeping an eye on in the future.