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Little Comets – In Search of Elusive Little Comets

Little Comets, In Search of Elusive Little Comets

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

LITTLE Comets prove themselves to be a band worth paying attention to with their lively album In Search of Elusive Little Comets.

By no means perfect, this collection of lovelorn paeans and cute pop hooks does, nevertheless, win you over with a few absolutely belting entries.

Little Comets will readily admit that they strive to consistently challenge both themselves and their listeners… hence the decision to self-produce the album with a little mixing help from Rich Costey (MGMT).

The result, the Coles’ brothers hope, gives rise to a more complete album “that flows from start to finish, rather than just a collection of songs”.

This is partly true. There is a nice flow to proceedings that is also enhanced by the brothers’ ability to conjure some smart, instantly addictive hooks and melodies.

Hence, as repetitive as the chorus of album opener Adultery threatens to become, it’s smart and lively enough to throw a party in your head anyway. Likewise, the catchy hooks of One Night in October… a song that just keeps growing on you.

The first real belter, however, comes in the form of former single Joanna, which slow builds from an almost acoustic opening to a haunted backing vocal of “Joanna” and a really great guitar riff. It’s a great little song and indicative of the band’s ability to mix darkness and light.

Her Black Eyes, on the other hand, shows how they can completely kill the pace and come over all moody, while remaining magnificent. It’s an effective slow-builder that really brings out the melancholy best in the Coles’ vocals.

Another of the album’s out and out highlights then follows, in the brilliant Isles (another former single). The track hooks you in from the start with a brilliant drum arrangement, before dropping another insistent riff and a brilliant chorus. It’s evidence of the Little Comets at the peak of their power.

Darling Alistair has an early Blur vibe, Tricolour bounces along in suitably perverse fashion (talking of a woman who takes the piss and nihilists), and Lost Time once more lays down insistent, infectious beats, an endearing lyrical flow and some more of those addictive hooks.

Dancing Song, meanwhile, is the Little Comets’ shameless party-pleaser… the type of giddy offering that belts out some sing-along “whoo whoo”’’s before declaring: “This one’s for dancing!” It does, however, make you feel like getting up and kicking a strut towards the dancefloor such is its infectious energy.

Thereafter, Mathilda slows the pace slightly, and generally engages, before Intelligent Animals brings the LP to a moody, almost epic close complete with terrific piano arrangements, lament-filled lyrics (that reference lost culture and Darfur), and a complete lack of guitars. It’s a take notice finish to an album that consistently grabs your attention.

Download picks: Joanna, Her Black Eyes, Isles, Dancing Song, Intelligent Animals

Track listing:

  1. Adultery
  2. One Night in October
  3. Joanna
  4. Her Black Eyes
  5. Isles
  6. Darling Alistair
  7. Tricolour
  8. Lost Time
  9. Dancing Song
  10. Mathilda
  11. Intelligent Animals