There is a soft chilled out feel throughout the album sounding somewhere between Josh Pyke and Boy and Bear. The music glides along lazily creating a very relaxed vibe. The shoegazer-esq guitars create a thick cloudy atmosphere while the slow vocals add to the laid back feel. The trouble is that, while there is a great vibe throughout, there is a lack of any real edge in a lot of the tunes. As a result they blend together without any distinctive character.
There are a few stand out tunes in which the band show off what they can do. Underwater is a soft and chilled out indie tune with some occasional shoegazery undertones in the background. Status Quo is a spacey folk tune similar to Boy and Bear. The darkish background sounds give the song a nice atmosphere. So pretend is a nice laid back tune. The music drifts by at a lazy pace allowing the various elements to be slowly absorbed. The relaxed vocals add to the general vibe. Breathing in has a charming ’80s feel to it courtesy of some cool synth orientated rhythm. Exes and ohs sees the band reach their full potential with a massive sound. Sounding somewhere between the Shins and the Antlers they pour in a heap of emotion to produce a breathtaking tune!
Overall this is quite a nice album. While not every track stands out strongly on their own, they all work together to create a solid vibe. In addition there are some great songs on offer showing what the band is capable of and suggesting bigger and better things to come.