The Hush Now - Constellations

The Hush Now are not from Scandinavia. No matter how much you convince yourself that their power-popped indie refrains must be influenced by long summer days and even longer winter nights it just simply isn’t the case. Yes, you can mutter to yourself ‘this sounds a bit like The Wannadies’ but it won’t change the fact that The Hush Now are in fact from Boston, and probably wouldn’t recognize The Cardigans if they fell over them.

This is actually the Massachusetts quintet’s second self-released album (you can download the first for free off their MySpace) and has drawn comparisons to everyone from The Stone Roses to The Flaming Lips to Yo La Tengo. Fans of the former, however, would be somewhat disappointed upon purchasing this as it sounds nothing like Manchester’s finest. Instead, this is an album of high quality and intelligent indie with more hummable choruses than you might hope to find on your average long-player. Think Weezer via Guided By Voices and you won’t be far off the mark.

Nowhere is this more evident than on the first single to be taken from the album ‘Hoping and Waiting’. If Scouting for Girls or The Feeling had released this then it would be all over the radio and not just skirting the edges of ‘older’ radio stations like 6 Music. But then we probably wouldn’t like it as much either. Other highlights include the incendiary ‘Light It Up’ and brass-backed optimism of ‘All You’ve Said And Done’.

Not afraid to experiment with orchestral arrangements, a few trumpets and even a little opera, The Hush Now are the perfect antidote to a cold snap that doesn’t seem to want to go away. This is a band for all seasons - they’ll banish your winter blues and stick around to soundtrack your summer.

Overall

7

out of 10

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