We didn't need a story, we didn't need a real world We just had to keep walking And we became the stories, we became the places We were the lights, the deserts, the faraway worlds We were you before you even existed
This was always going to happen. Since the moment I first heard Midnight City through to the end of that first listen to the double album and every time afterwards, this album was inevitably going to take the year. I reviewed it here for ThereGoesTheFear and then went to see them at Heaven here, which helped no end, but I think this would have risen above most other records this year without that.
You take the Intro, with those incredible vocals and build up, storm through Midnight City and suddenly, you’re in a different world, one which you remain in for the best part of that first disc and then again for the second. Both acts of this record are, in their own right beautiful and whilst having 22 tracks does leave for some filler, there’s more perfect tracks here than on anything else I’ve heard all year.
Words mean little with this record, and even if it hasn’t even made the top 50 for NME, MOJO, Uncut etc, I genuinely couldn’t care less.
Stream the album in its entirety by clicking this link and heading off to Electric Mariachi OR watch the incredible superhero-mental-children video for Midnight City below.
So that’s that for the albums. In the next 10 days, there’s going to be playlists and more of my usual output. I hope you’ll forgive my few days off. For another year of fantastic music…
Take care of each other