Genghar

There’s been a buzz building around Transgressive’s latest group of North London hopefuls. A support slot on Alt-J’s European tour and appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude have all helped raise their stock over the last 12 months, but ‘A Dream Outside’ is our first chance to analyse them up close. Unfortunately it’s a mixed bag, and the LP feels like a band who have rushed out their debut album before fully fleshing out a coherent sound.

At times it can be a fun ride; ‘Heroine’, with its fist-pumper of a major-minor chorus, is somewhere between the chamber pop of Here We Go Magic and the space-punk of early Ash, and demonstrates the evident musicianship the group possess (Danny Ward’s motor-like work behind the kit deserves a special mention) while providing a platform for the fragile splendour of Felix Bushe’s Conor O’Brien-esque falsetto. The psychedelic art rock of ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’, ‘Trampoline’ and ‘Lonely As A Shark’ apes early Grizzly Bear to decent effect and is, perhaps, a pointer to something more substantial further down the line.

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