Mystery Jets – Radlands

Just a little fact to start; shortly before the release of the album, Kai Fish announced he was leaving the band. Nevertheless Mystery Jets new album is defiantly the one to chill out to.

Radlands was produced in Austin, Texas and has that hint of retro-rock rather like the effect of sepia on a high quality camera.

‘Radlands’ the opening track just shows the listeners how they have matured from the previous album. It has impressive lyrics and a slow minimalist melody.

The beautifully played finger picking in “The Ballad of Emerson Lonestar” gives the album a good old folk genre. Blaine’s vocals remind me very much of the soft, gentle, whispery vocals of Bon Iver which therefore makes this track my favourite.

Eight tracks through and you hear a woman’s voice, who can this be? Nothing better than Blaine’s other half Sophie-Rose singing ‘Take Me Where the Roses grow’. It’s a delightful dreamy ballad.

I love a song that you can put in a life situation just like “Luminescence”. Its plaintive acoustic could be imagined been played around a campfire with everyone singing along to the memorable lyrics. It end the album on a high note; sort of an end of an era for the indie psychedelic rock band after the departure of Kai Fish.

Every track on the album has a different melody, a different genre and well composed lyrics therefore makes ‘Radlands’ my album of the month.

By  Lucee Clarke

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