New Band – Spectrals

9 Oct

Spectrals are a new band from Leeds, led by Louis Oliver Jones, a man who NME have called (in typically hyperbolic fashion) the new Alex Turner, a comparison that as far as I can tell has less to do with his songwriting and more to do with his Yorkshire accent. The Guardian’s description of him being a ‘Northern Brit male Best Coast’ is probably more accurate (he toured with Best Coast earlier in the year). The group do seem to have missed the boat a bit – this type of nostalgic, lo-fi sunshine pop has been all the rage for the last couple of years but its popularity has died down in recent months, and Spectrals aren’t quite good enough to revive interest. That said, they have enough promise to warrent a recommendation, and I look forward to hearing their debut album ‘Bad Penny’ to see if it throws up any gems.



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