11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Grab this debut from England's Palma Violets, and when the backlashing naysayers start their whining, just put your earbuds in and stomp-dance into the sunset. Palma Violets' sound is rich with history (The Velvet Underground, The Doors, even Iggy) yet firmly modern (British Sea Power, Vaccines, Toy). It's a smart, riotous blend of then and now, carefully balancing somber and ecstatic, bombastic and brooding. With the pounding, essential single "Best of Friends" zipping up the British charts like a rat with its tail on fire, you might not expect the rest of the album to have the same oomph. But it does: "Rattlesnake Highway" and "We Found Love" soar on grimy, distorted pop pretensions; "Tom the Drum" thumps and swoops with a goofy menace. Tunes like "Last of the Summer Wine" and "Step Up for the Cool Cats" unfold with the swirling, slow build of a Galaxie 500 or Spiritualized tune, eventually blooming into psych-pop brilliance. Key to the Violets' success are Chilli Jesson's throbbing bass lines and rich voice and the expressive, soulful organ work of Pete Mayhew.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Grab this debut from England's Palma Violets, and when the backlashing naysayers start their whining, just put your earbuds in and stomp-dance into the sunset. Palma Violets' sound is rich with history (The Velvet Underground, The Doors, even Iggy) yet firmly modern (British Sea Power, Vaccines, Toy). It's a smart, riotous blend of then and now, carefully balancing somber and ecstatic, bombastic and brooding. With the pounding, essential single "Best of Friends" zipping up the British charts like a rat with its tail on fire, you might not expect the rest of the album to have the same oomph. But it does: "Rattlesnake Highway" and "We Found Love" soar on grimy, distorted pop pretensions; "Tom the Drum" thumps and swoops with a goofy menace. Tunes like "Last of the Summer Wine" and "Step Up for the Cool Cats" unfold with the swirling, slow build of a Galaxie 500 or Spiritualized tune, eventually blooming into psych-pop brilliance. Key to the Violets' success are Chilli Jesson's throbbing bass lines and rich voice and the expressive, soulful organ work of Pete Mayhew.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Furealz?? ,

SICK

Beaut sound! So original and fresh :)

the-ROOSTER- ,

not "NEW" sound, but I dig....

anyone who thinks these guys have a "new" sound, well...you're simply too young, LOL... what you'll find hear is a great 80's London sound - brash echo-ey guitar, thumping bass and solid back beat --- definitley hear elements/influences of The clash, The Alarm, Echo and the Bunnymen and even The Replacements ....overall good effort, and cool album ....

melie360 ,

great sound

I love their sound, and the guitar in their songs is amazing. they just have a really chill, rock vibe, and I can't get enough of them. don't know how many times i've listened to their album on repeat, but i haven't gotten tired of them.

current favorite song is All the Garden Birds

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