Melbourne's Pop Singles have issued this on LP for their country's Vacant Valley and simultaneously on tape for U.S. enclave of taste Night People. Taking a cross section of the jangle pop canon, the band rips through touches of R.E.M.'s catchy upbeat heyday, tumbles through The Smiths' dour afternoons and more precisely bumps all corners of The Go-Betweens bittersweet catalog. The record is packed tightly with melancholy and soft sunlight stretches that seem to bring out the yearn in between the jangles. It’s a smart pop record that rightly deserves the moniker they've adorned themselves with. Fraught with human drama, the album explores themes of hope and hopelessness, relationships doomed to fail and times when it’s hard not to smile. The dark shades of the second side take more time to burrow into but let the catchy bits pull you in for the deeper recesses between the bounce. Definitely see why Night People snuck this one back for a domestic release.
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