I could not wait any longer to bring you the new “Mystery Jets” album. I was highly anticipating its release the moment I found out that “Erol Alkan” was doing the production work on it and this anticipation built as I heard the “Switch” Remix of “Hideaway”. I still had not heard an original track off it until I played the whole album for the first time and as soon as I did I knew I was onto some thing very special. Two weeks and over 25 plays (according to my iTunes library) later this has to be my favourite album of 2008 so far.
The opening track “Hideaway” with its sirens and big distorted bass could deceive you electro heads into thinking that this album is going to be very different to what it actually is. This is an absolutely massive track and I would not be surprised if it sees commercial success.
Mystery Jets – Hideaway
Mystery Jets – Hideaway (Switch Remix)
Mystery Jets – Hideaway (Switch Remix/Diplo Edit)
The next track on the album “Young Love (Featuring Laura Marling)” sets the tone for the rest of the album and the “Mystery Jet’s” style – soft pop rock with section after section of catchy lyrics and melodies. I do not know who “Laura Marling” is but she has probably the most beautiful voice I have ever heard in a rock song. The Mystery Jets lyrical writing style is one of story telling similar to such bands as “The Wombats” and “Maximo Park”. “Young Love” is about the reflection of a one night stand with some one who you will never see again because of unforseen circumstances – from both the guys and girls point of view. Just like “The Wombats” it also sounds like there are at least three of them in the band who can sing creating great vocal harmonies.
Mystery Jets – Young Love (Featuring Laura Marling)
“Half In Love With Elizabeth” starts off with the catchy chorus lyrics used as an intro into a funky verse which has traces of 80’s synth pop. I am currently listening to all these songs as I write this and I just keep noticing more and more brilliance within the production. I hope Erol sticks to cool bands like “The Mystery Jets”, “The Long Blondes” and “Late Of The Pier” and does not turn his magical abilities into producing a “Madonna” or “Kylie” Record.
Mystery Jets – Half In Love With Elizabeth
“Veiled In Grey” is a more scenic sadder song about reflecting with a friend/girlfriend about the past. I am still yet to put meaning to the chorus lyrics of “I’ll bet you wouldn’t believe me, If I whispered in your ears and said I can see a pink elephant, And it’s standing on the corner of the bed”. They sound very cool regardless especially when sung in conclusion with further emotion and meaning showcasing the amazing voice of lead man “Blaine Harrison”.
Mystery Jets – Veiled In Grey
Mystery Jets – Hand Me Down
Ok I think that is about enough said about “The Mystery Jets” – lets hope for an announcment of an Australian Tour this year but not in the second line up for Splendour (As I am not going).
Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs
The next album I would like to talk about is the new one from “Death Cab for Cutie”. I have not had much time to listen to a lot of this one except for 1 of the tracks which I believe is absolutely perfect. “I Will Possess Your Heart” with its 4 and a Half minute bass, effects and soft guitar intro. I believe that a lot of impatient people will find this intro way too long but I have so much respect for “Death Cab” for putting this on their album. There is of course a radio edit which is much shorter but really in my belief only catches half of the song and half of its greatness. The intro builds just so flawlessly into anticipation for the vocals that come in and changes every thing – the track then begins again creating an astonishing pop masterpiece. I think I have a thing for long songs which has been built into me from listening to a lot of “Pink Floyd” and “LCD Soundsystem”.
Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart
So Far I have enjoyed the rest of the album but I have not given it as much time as needed. A couple of the other stand out tracks so far have been “Bixby Canyon Bridge” and “Long Division”. I just recently found out that they are touring Australia and coming to the Tivoli! Unfortunately when I found this out the tickets had already sold out – so that sucks.