Album: Brasstronaut, Mount Chimaera (Unfamiliar)

Here's something different.

It's pop as we have always known and recognised it, but there is also something going on that hints at a new way forward: namely a bouncy flexibility of instrumentation (trumpets, synths and flugelhorns feature as prominently as the old guitar/bass/drums combo). It's a bit Phoenix, a bit Talk Talk, a bit early Cure, a bit (whisper it) jazz at times.

Too grand and stately to be a guilty pleasure, Mount Chimaera is the sort of record you'll either want to tell all your friends about or keep to yourself.