MAY68 - White Lies (Black Duck Records)
October 17, 2011
Oh, MAY68, you have been missed round these parts. The band have been slaving away on their debut album - due next spring - and this is the first hint of what's in store. And you'd better get practicing your moves, because if it's all this good then it will even have dancefloor wallflowers getting their groove on.
A-side and live favourite 'White Lies' is trademark MAY68 - a metronomic 4/4 beat, alluring bassline, spiky disco-tinged synth and guitar lines and a soaring, catchy chorus. The too-cool-for-school minimalist synths of 'Static' and sparse drumbeat provide a sharp contrast to its funky A-side, with a spoken word sample from vocalist Jude instead of a vocal injecting a sharp sense of originality into the band's output. More of a head-nodder than a floorfiller, but still an interesting sign of things to come - and March can't come soon enough.
words: Kate Goodacre