The Big Moon sound like they’re having fun. Bright, bold and playful, ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ captures the kind of happy exuberance you get from watching Pixar films, remembering criminally underrated Brit-pop acts and/or catching a favourite song on an episode of Teachers. It’s the sound of a band undistracted by the attention that marked their out-of-nowhere rise in 2015 and more focused on unabashedly making the big guitar hooks of ‘Pull The Other One’ bounce out of the speakers, powering ‘Formidable’ into the album’s grunge-pop mini-anthem, and glossing ‘Silent Move Susie’ with a scuzzy indie sweetness.
One moment singer Jules Jackson is casting a spell in a PJ Harvey cigarette-smoke-swirling kind of way on ‘Bonfire’, the next she’s turning on the dramatics on title-track ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ and hitting the husky low notes on the sultry ‘Zeds’. On record, ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ might not hit the heights of The Big Moon’s whirlwind live show but neither does it diminish an instinctively likeable debut.