The Hazey Janes - Hotel Radio

Scottish Indie-poppers, The Hazey Janes (name adopted from a Nick Drake song) released Hotel Radio, their debut full-length LP on Measured Records last month. Abandoning their home town of Dundee and relocating to Spain, they hooked up with the Spanish producer Paco Loco (Josh Rouse, Golden Smog).
Maybe having the sun-drenched continental way of life to thank, the record boasts a blend of sunny Indie-pop with soft punk, folk and country sounds, staying connected to their roots in Scotland (apparently the 51st state of Americana!).
Hotel Radio acts as a hybrid genre album, stretching as far back as the Beach Boys and The Byrds, but also not dissimilar to more contemporary bands such as Rilo Kiley and the Magic Numbers. The record is littered with some really catchy licks consisting of some well-constructed harmonic components delivered by a unique number three prominent singers. The conventional guitar-pop formula can prove effective at times - tracks like Don’t Look Away and Saturday are good evidence of this - however the Country & Western tinge could become a slightly tedious trend to those not keen on the genre. Otherwise a sound debut record from a promising young band.

Overall

6

out of 10

Last updated: 19/06/2018 00:54:18

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