A MUSICAL ADVENTURE THATS NOT TO BE MISSED
June 12, 2002
The uniqueness of this record can be better compared to the images and feelings the band’s sound conjures up in the listener, thanks to its mix of psychedelic guitars and synthesisers, indie-pop and creative lyrics.
The band have a knack of making atmospheric guitar music, ethereal indie-rock, and time and again the album tracks act as musical metaphors for riding through meadows on horseback in a billowing gown or floating above the moon with friends and lovers.
The soaring and unparalleled ‘Landmine’ launches this 11-song album off to gorgeous effect, followed by the amazing ‘Global Village’, which has a beauty you can’t quite put your finger on and contains all the best qualities of song-writing.
Gentle numbers including ‘E.T.A’ and ‘Pollenfever’ pepper the album, with the unusual ‘De-Rail’ a stand-out track.
Now living in Cardiff, the Welsh four-piece hail from Porthcawl and, according to 20-year-old singer Gareth Jones, “it has got the biggest caravan site in Europe and that sort of sums it up”.
Guitarist Peter Roberts, 19, said: “It was really important to break out of Porthcawl and that’s one of the main themes of our album.”
And breaking out is certainly what ‘Splendid Animation’ does.