Album review: Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix

North London’s young, prolific and promising alt-folk scamps offer up an involving, enticing set on their third record.

In decades past fans would think nothing of bands knocking out an album per year, but BBC are a rare breed these days with three LPs since 2009 - their last receiving an Ivor Novello nomination.

Despite the work rate, this fey, folk-indie quartet are showing encouraging signs, turning in their most musically mature, considered and adventurous album yet.

Animal Collective producer Ben Allen has his paw marks all over three tracks, particularly the galloping indie of Your Eyes, which offsets frontman Jack Steadman’s frail, quivering and quirky vocals against impressively interwoven instruments.

The textures are less in evidence elsewhere, when pastoral indie-pop rears its indifferent head. But even within the likes of the Guillemots-styled Shuffle, flashes of creative promise sparkle encouragingly and draw you in. Worth an audition.


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