Sebastian Teufel, singer and creative head of the North German formation Yellow Jumps Twice, must have internalized a lot of 80's/90's Britpop of the more demanding kind. For a good 53 varied minutes, he and his men show what exciting moments are to be found in the genre. A Fischer-Z guitar, for example, fakes a reggae, but the song immediately leads into a gripping wave groove, overlaid by spherical organ sounds ("Moths Keep Flying"). With a dose of simple mind/U2 stadium mood, "A Hundred Miles Away" comes along. But the quintet can also steer its "britflavoured music" unerringly in other directions. The floy "King Of The World" and "Hold On", but also the ballad "This Ship Is Sinking" with its Supertramp-like key tones have some sound- and beat-technical artpop elements. "Through Empty Space" is cosmopolitan pop at its finest, "God Bless Utopia" a tricky surreal gem. And with the eight-minute "The Turning Of The Sheets" the Yellows even serve the herbs and psychedelics and with the powerful "My Little World" the rock faction. Colourful, promising mixture.
Top track: Moths Keep Flying