Friday, February 17, 2012

Jonquil Reach The Point Of Go

If you were to look up breezy indie pop in the Oxford Dictionary of Contemporary Music you would see a picture of Jonquil next to the definition. These Swedish sounding Brits play a light and airy brand of British pop that hasn't been heard in well over a decade. Their latest album, Point of Go is as light as oxygen and just about as essential. Retro-futurism doesn't get much jollier than this and for such a bleak time of the year, this is a constant ray of sunshine.

Point of Go is a wispy, jangly, bright pop record that seemingly doesn't have a negative bone (or riff) in its body. Joquil bring to mind mid-80's British pop like the Lilac Time, Icicle Works, Railway Children, Orange Juice and if you try hard enough the Smiths. The songs are soulful, fey, and bordering on being twee. While this all might sound as if Point of Go is so light it might float away its pop sensibility and strong songs keep it grounded.

Frivolous, lofty, and just about perfect Jonquil have released a stupendous indie pop album with Point of Go. It's lighthearted nature and delicate sounding songs are a joy to listen to. This is the sound of spring sunshine, warm days and picnic's in the park. Point of Go is a gorgeous record whose songs never get tiring and continually brighten things up. And if you can have a song called, "History of Headaches," and make it sound happy you're clearly doing something right. Jonquil maintains the long, long tradition of excellent bands coming from Oxford and Point of Go is easily of the 25 best records you'll hear all year. Well done lads.

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