Wakeup Starlight - The White Flags Of Alderaan

Published Wednesday 6th November 2013
Wakeup Starlight - The White Flags Of Alderaan
Wakeup Starlight - The White Flags Of Alderaan

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 136961-20388
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Jon Cooper

It's never a good sign when the opening few bars of a new release from a Canadian three-piece feel like they should be used to soundtrack an advertisement for a furniture store's half-price sale. "Loco-Train", which kicks things off on this five-track EP, falls seamlessly into this category with its folky, highly-strung jangle and warm-glow lyrics ("You are my foot and I am your shoe"). More (well, two minutes' worth) of the same follows on "The Earth Is Dying", which thankfully stops short of acting on its threat to include a whistling solo , before "The Lions" resurrects the terrifying spectres of early '90s chart-hugging, faux-reggae loons like Pato Banton and Big Mountain, albeit thanks to some tight, funky and rather enjoyable bass-work. "I Left A Picture Of You Inside My Heart", which initially promises to keep the Maxi Priest vibe going, then promptly and inexplicably trades the funk for some ill-fitting, Bruce Hornsby-esque piano. Closing track "The Ghost Of Myself Facing You" is pure Daniel Bedingfield pop, right down to the Michael Jackson-like rasped-whisper vocal, swirling strings and skittering drum loop. Overall, this seems like a handful of songs from band still searching for the common ground amongst a mish-mash of influences.

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