Mystery Jets – Curve of the Earth

Self-produced in their own studio that was built in an unused button factory; ‘Curve of the Earth’ has been a long time coming for Mystery Jets. Nearly four years after their predecessor ‘Radlands’, the bands sound has evolved and matured; progressing towards a more psychedelic sound created by their extended instrumentals and steering away from their classic catchy indie riffs. The record is much more experimental, but seems to be the most consistent album yet.

Although the EP is overall slightly slower than previous, there are still some huge and beautifully crafted chorus’s to be heard. The electronic sound from third album ‘Serotonin’ can be found particularly in ‘Bubblegum’. Building up to an energetic end to the song, Mystery Jets still know how to make songs that create memories – imagine yourself dancing at a party or groovin’ in the shower. Such hints of nostalgia are present throughout the album; echoing sounds from previous LP’s, sending the listener into cyberspace of the last decade. Yet with a more mature approach; the lyrics have naturally moved on, primarily reflecting on growing up and the world we live in. More meaningful than ever before they are still very real and relatable.

Opening with first single ‘Telomere’ a cinematic element is present, creating an enigmatic atmosphere. Since new bassist Jack Flanagan joined the band in 2012, he has certainly contributed to the change of sound and progression within the band.

Beginning ‘Midnights Mirror’ with sampled dialogue from Mike Leigh’s 1993 film ‘Naked’; the listener’s attention is grabbed in a unique way to the rest of the album. With a solemn undertone, the lyrics reflect on looking back at mistakes. ‘You fell / down the same hole again / now you’re your only friend’ highlights a harsh reality of making big mistakes in life. Harrison’s perspective seems to have changed with songwriting on this album; its clear he wants the lyrics and the music to really mean something.

‘1985’ is a piano ballad titled with the year of lead singer Blaine Harrison’s birth. Contemplating the life of two lovers whose lives are about to change forever, the song builds its instrumentals and has a powerful chorus.

The album closes with ‘The End Up’, as the vocals discuss the mystery of the changes we face as we grow older. The song has hints of 2012 album ‘Radlands’ and contemplates the future with an imaginative approach, leaving us with an element of admiration of a truly beautiful masterpiece.

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