THE MUSCADETTES – ‘Side A’

The Muscadettes

As the opening guitar work resonates across on ‘I’m In Love’ there is an undeniable air of confidence about the tune that is sweetly tracked. How that is relayed int he delivery retains a certified level of appreciation that is brandished with true aplomb. Descriptive shoegazer elements also connect on this squarely and there is nothing sold short by how the anticipation builds. It is a truly enticing opening track. Again there is a finesse embraced that adds a token sense of volume alongside the raw punk qualities streaming through ‘Growing Pains’. Despite the title there is a commendable maturity about how it is all knitted together. It is alluring and the steadfast pitch in the rhythm neatly gives it an underground detachment that is equally kitsch and blessed with style.

As the neat de facto process of their playing carries itself across on ‘Pearl And Oyster’ the more intricate playing details are suitably picked up on. While there is a conscious degree of pace about it all, there is a neat resolve to how it is shaped. That steady quality allows the rhythm to build without it losing anything. It is very well contained and that adds something certified to it as it all takes flight here. Touches of roadhouse influences are apparent and they imbue the psychedelic flourishes with an apparent level of flair that underlines how good the band are when they turn on the style. It is an excellent tune and the 60’s revisionist feel to it not only adds vibrancy, but shows they are more than a one dimensional band at the same time. On the note of the 60’s revisionist weight of their sound we come to ‘Like A Wave’. The eloquent lush of the sound is also reflected in the warm vocal performance. All of the settled elements here showcase a move in direction but they also allow the band to up their game. From the attentive side of the styling they also progress artistically without losing anything in the process. There is a natural extension about how this flows and you feel it from how comfortable the performance as a whole is here. Reverting to the style of the opening two tracks is ‘Honey Let Go’. From the get go it is very hands on. The determined hold in the rhythm emancipates the track considerably while still bringing a catchy side to the mix. In the intent of the go-go styling it all holds up. You are taken up by how it is all rolled out and that adds a considerable weight to what is on show, but it is the lean showing here that really draws you in for all the right reasons.

9/10

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