Wild Palms - Until Spring
Until Spring is the debut album from London four-piece Wild Palms that somehow shoehorns itself comfortably into the tightly-packed current indie rock scene whilst throwing a few shapes back at the same genre from the early-eighties. Think early U2, The Alarm and James with a bit of post-rock thrown in for fun and you’ll get the gist of what’s going on here.
‘Draw In Light’ opens the proceedings in an almost poppy vein; light and melodic in parts, fuzzy, screeching guitars in others – you can almost feel the hands of Tim Booth guiding it. ‘Caretaker’ is slower and darker by comparison and ‘Delight In Temptation’ has a goth-lite feel with its repetitive riffs. ‘LHC’ is a fine tune that could have come straight off James’ Stutter with quick-fire, sharp lyrics, melodies and deep harmonies building to an instrumental climax. ‘The (Never-Ceasing-Ever-Increasing) Cavalcade’ may have a title that grates like fingernails on steel but the incessant, sinister bass and cyclic guitar make this throwback tune mesmerising.
‘Wing Clippers’, at over fourteen minutes, closes out as nothing more than a puzzle. Why chuck in six minutes of pure silence in the middle? Are they having a laugh? Cut that out and you’ve got a pleasant bit of pop fittingly sliding out into oblivion. As it is, it almost ruins a decent enough track.
Altogether there’s not too much to get excited about on Until Spring but it’s pleasant enough listening even if the best result means that you’ll go and dig out a few albums that you haven’t played for aeons.