What Jack Barnett and his comrades-in-arms have produced here is chamber pop, which initially develops in shallow structures, but in the course of the album becomes more ethereal and closer to serious music than to rock music in the broadest sense. So it is not surprising that Adrian Peacock, who takes over the male vocal part, is not led as a 'vocalist', but as a 'basso profundo'. The instruments are also extraordinary: besides a small orchestra, the main musicians are mainly found on instruments such as violin, clarinet or trumpet. The music itself tries to create atmospheres, leaving plenty of room for breathing and reflecting. The fact that, especially because of the vocals, the band always turns back to pop is rather irritating in the overall context and sometimes almost seems like a compromise, in order not to devote oneself entirely to serious music. In the end, however, this has a rather schizophrenic effect: on the one hand demanding and difficult, on the other monotonous and in parts inconsistent.
Top track: The Light