Following on from their well received 2014 debut album ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time to Time’, returning with a successful sophomore album was never going to be easy for overnight successors Moose Blood.
The bands debut was littered with musical references from emo kings Brand New and the likes of Jimmy Eat World, their mix of punchy lyrics and British-born guitar tones, made it one of the best British emo releases to grace the scene. Not only that, its made Moose Blood a force to be reckoned with, especially since they signed to American independent label Hopeless Records in April.
With that in mind, the anticipation for the Canterbury-born bands follow-up album has been immense. With its poppy undertones, buoyant melodies, ‘Blush’ is definitely marks a new progressive era for Moose blood.
There’s no stereotypical laid back starter track when it comes to ‘Blush’, instead it grips you with their upbeat, fast tempo sing along anthem ‘Pastel’. With references back to IKYIM, ‘Pastel’ sets the notion that this album is definitely more optimistic than the former. Followed by ‘Honey’, ‘Knuckles’, and then ‘Sulk’, the first four tracks definitely give you an insight into what’s to come and maintains the bands knack for writing addictive and catchy choruses.
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From inspiriting guitars and rosy rhythm of ‘Glow’, to the ambient sound of ‘Sway’, Moose Blood have enhanced their ability to write sincere and honest lyrics followed by singer Eddy Brewerton’s knack for emotive vocals.
However, it’s when ‘Shimmer’ hits that you get punched in the feels. With their stripped back drum and guitar combo and the simple line ‘It’s been a while since I saw you, Don’t look the same, you taste different too’, ‘Shimmer’ sets the sentiment of follow-up track ‘Spring’. The chilling reference to losing someone to death with the line ‘And the way you died, did it hurt at all?’ and never having the opportunity to say your goodbyes with ‘I never got the chance to say what you meant to me’ is overwhelming and over-flowing with emotion. ‘Spring’ with its atmospheric sounds, soft vocals from Brewerton, is the most beautiful thing that’s ever come from the British quintet.
Although some are disappointed in the new direction Moose Blood are going, their sentiment of relatable lines, catchy choruses and energy, makes this album one of 2016’s standout releases.
‘Blush’ is out now on Hopeless Records