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The Drums - Encyclopedia

by Nse Ette Rating:8 Release Date:2014-09-23

For their third album, The Drums find themselves reduced from a quartet to the duo of Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham (the empty space for two on the sofa on the cover art should be a big clue) and adding a darker tint to their indie-pop sound.

Opening cut 'Magic Mountain' is a raucous punk number which keeps stopping and starting, taking one on a jerky but fun ride. Filled with distortion, yelps and harrowing effects, it at once distances itself from the band that gave us the sunny pop of 'Let's Go Surfing'. Slowing things down are 'I Can't Pretend' and 'I Hope Time Doesn't Change Him', their pretty, calming melodies belying dark lyrics (the latter is a charming tune about killing someone), before the lean and bouncy, Smiths-esque 'Kiss Me Again' raises the tempo.

'Let Me' ("They might hate you, but I love you/ They can go kill themselves" - inspired by homophobia in Russia) and 'Face of God' are a frenetic pair with sawing synths, racing beats and ghostly harmonies which find the pair channeling their inner Robert Smith. 'US National Park' is a lovely ballad that wouldn't be out of place at a 60s prom. "I don't want to die alone by the camp fire," croons Pierce.

"I buried you deep in my heart," he sings on the pulsing, upbeat 'Deep in My Heart'. 'There Is Nothing Left' is driven by jangly chiming guitars, while closing track 'Wild Geese' is an enchanting ballad with haunted whistles, dreamy synths, and echoing harmonies: "You and me/ we're like wild geese that fly through the thunder".

Through even the sunniest sounds runs a thread of melancholy - gloomy yet beautiful all at once. The Drums are dancing to a new beat which might just be their best yet.

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