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Remember last year when you saw that video of a random band playing a one guitar version of “Somebody That I Used To Know” on YouTube? Almost 153 million people have seen that video, and thought it was one of the coolest videos they’d ever seen on the internet. But well before that, way back in 2010, an odd little band from Newcastle, England did the same thing with an original song of their own. Despite being nearly 3 years old, the video’s view count pales in comparison to the former, racking up just over half a million views. That band is Little Comets, and they are following in a line of tremendous releases from the great people at Dualtone Records. Having originally released in their homeland back in October 2012, Life is Elsewhere is receiving its American release on August 20th while being welcomed by a coast to coast headlining tour.
In what sounds like something out of a sitcom, a Cambridge graduate, a particle physicist, and a sailor make up the trio that is Little Comets. The band was once signed by Columbia Records in 2008, but was released in 2010 before even releasing their first album. Now on their second record, Little Comets is doing their best to show everyone their unabashed joy for producing music that makes you move and think simultaneously.
Little Comets’ “Jennifer”
From the opening of the album, the tremendous guitar playing is showcased in addition to lead singer Robert Coles’ quirky yet intriguing vocals. The first single “Jennifer” is sure to catch your attention. The song lyrically sings of a terribly timid girl in an uncommunicative relationship, but musically makes you want to dance around belting out the chorus. Despite it’s incredibly upbeat and Peter Gabriel-esque production, the song may be at its best when it is stripped down to show the trio’s remarkable harmonies.
To be honest, there is not a track that misses a beat on this record. Listening to song after song, you cannot help but bob your head, follow along with the cruising bass lines, and sing along in your best falsetto voice harmony. Whether it’s the heartbreaking balled “Violence Out Tonight,” or the nearly obtuse dance tune “Worry,” these songs reaches an entire spectrum of dance rock songs that you will never hear anywhere else.
What makes these songs so fantastic is perhaps not just the music, but the depth of the lyrical content as well. “A Little Opus” is a song about the restraints of old scholarly institutions in British society. “Waiting In The Shadows In The Dead Of Night” sings about the inevitable demise of a mortal relationship. “In Blue Music We Trust” is a personal song that thematically explores impending fatherhood and the simplistic beauty of familial attachment.
After the first listen of Life is Elsewhere, you might find yourself questioning how this odd collection of tunes could ever stay in your iTunes library. Give it another chance. By the time you’ve heard this record 3 or 4 times, you’ll begin to question why you ever consider disposing of it.
Written by Matthew Moore
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