by Philip Moss
Previous outings from Wirral band, By The Sea, have drawn comparisons to fellow Scousers, Echo and the Bunnymen – such was the guitar driven jangles that adorned their last record, 2014’s Endless Days Crystal Sky. But on The Let Downs, the first taster of upcoming record, Heaven Knows Magnolia, there’s certainly a very different feel – one that recalls the haziness of Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs and Blur’s forays with William Orbit on 13.
Lyrically, The Let Downs feels like it has been let out into the world at the exact right moment – such are relatable circumstances that weave through songwriter, Liam Power’s tales – ‘I know I’m not the only one to miss someone…’ – as he half talks, half sings us through the mental strains of daily existence. While Bill Ryder Jones’ production dials back the four piece – newly comprised of ex-Heartbreaks bassist, Christopher Deakin – which provides the perfect, lazy soundscape, before it opens up into a spacious blur of fuzzing loops.