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Higher Than the Sun
Waste of Paint
I saw Peace at the NME Awards Tour 2013 and even though they only played a few songs they instantally had me hooked: Wraith has to be one of the most addictively hypnotic songs released in a long time and one of my favourite songs released this year. I had never listened to them before that gig, despite NME rattling on about them being the new best thing ever; I have to say that I do agree with them in that they're one of the best new bands around at the moment. This is a fantastic debut album and I'm already excited with the prospect of new songs!
The album definitely has a running theme of love, which is pretty evident from the album's title, but the songs are far from the usual contrived metaphors; they're inventive, emotional and spacey. Whenever you listen to any of the songs of this album you definitely feel calm and relaxed: the best word to describe this album is definitely hypnotic. It's happy, simple and youthful, which is great compared to more emotional and depressing albums that have been released recently. It feels like a breath of fresh air, especially for someone who hasn't bought many new albums for a long time.
At only ten songs long, it isn't a hugely long album and feels like it's over a bit too quickly, but if the only problem that you can find with an album is that it isn't long enough, well, that can't be much of a criticism! There is a deluxe edition of this album with four extra songs (Step a Lil' Closer, Drain, Scumbag, Bloodshake) but since albums cost £10 already I opted for the standard version. I definitely wish I'd paid the extra for these songs to be honest. Or that they were just on the standard version.
I would say that Wraith would be a better opening track than Higher Than The Sun - despite the fact that it is a great song - just because Wraith has such a distinctive and intriguing hook at the beginning. Each of the songs on this album seem to have their own style, which is great because, despite this, they all fit really well together due to Harrison Kossier's hypnotic vocals and the jangly guitar in the background. I'd love to say that every single one of the tracks on this album are flawless, but I do tend to skip Lovesick. It's not a bad song, but it is a little cliche and a bit too lovey for me, but at only just over 2 minutes, it's the shortest track on the album anyway. As an ending to the album, you can't beat California Daze: it is a gorgeous, slow and sweet song and a lovely contrast to the more upbeat stylings of Delicious. The way that that song builds up over the course of its 4 minutes is just beautiful: when it finishes you're definitely left wanting more, which is why I'm so excited for a new album. Give these guys a listen even if it just for the guitar riff in Wraith, but they definitely deserve to make it big.
Best songs: Wraith, Delicious, Float Forever, California Daze
Skip them: Lovesick
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Higher Than The Sun
2 Follow Baby
4 Float Forever
7 Waste of Paint
10 California Daze