Last year The Horrors claimed that they’d made an exhilarating summer album that encapsulated the feeling of running down a hill. ‘Camera & Tremor’ is this year’s equivalent, of sorts. Its dreamy shoe-gaze is less marred by gloom than the Southend punks’ ‘Primary Colours’, but there’s a lot of similar influences here, including the Velvets and a healthy smothering of The Jesus & Mary Chain. After an OK start of BRMC-ish, motorific cool, the band’s debut really gets going around ‘Falling Slowly’, which has the whole hill-running thing going on, but the legs of those that stampede under an acid washed sky belong to the cast of The Breakfast Club. Its nostalgic innocence makes it an album highlight, as is ‘Sally O’Gannon’, for its baggy psyche whine that could have been Ride’s best song. For fans of no-nonsense, up-beat shoegaze, it’s hard to beat.

By Sam Little

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