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Comet Gain - If Not Tomorrow b/w I Was More of a Mess Then

by Andy Brown Rating:8 Release Date:2018-10-05
Comet Gain - If Not Tomorrow b/w I Was More of a Mess Then
Comet Gain - If Not Tomorrow b/w I Was More of a Mess Then

There’s nothing much better in life than finding out that one of your favourite bands is releasing some new music. The last two releases by Comet Gain were noticeably different in their approach to atmosphere and mood. 2014’s Paperback Ghosts LP was a gorgeous, autumnal love letter, a patchwork of acoustic balladry and gentle pining with only the albums final track edging into noisier territory. The following years Fingerprint Ritual EP took a more upbeat and psychedelic approach. Where will London’s cult indie heroes take us next?

‘If Not Tomorrow’, the new single from the band's forthcoming album, proudly indulges their pop influences. Sun-kissed guitars jangle as songwriter/vocalist David Feck sings a song of cautious optimism and hope. “It’s the morning that changes everything” with bad dreams and wasted days in the rearview mirror. The band aren’t reinventing the wheel here, it’s just simple, glorious and genuinely heartfelt indie-pop. Think The Television Personalities, The Go-Betweens and Orange Juice.

The B-side, the Rachel Evans sung ‘I Was More of a Mess Then’, is an altogether more ragged yet no less joyful indie pop number. The two songs are short but sweet and I have to play them on fairly heavy rotation to get my fix. Going by the press release it looks like we can look forward to a varied album, the band promising anger, excitement, heartbreak, and romance. “Bands and songs seem content to explore nothing but ambition and bullshit” goes said statement “so though nothing here is original or worth a damn. We'd rather scream into the void than admire our hair in the mirror”. Man, it’s so good to finally have them back.

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