Our favourite northerners, Little Comets are back with a brand new album, Hope Is Just A State of Mind, which is released via The Smallest Label. Little Comets new album follows the band’s trilogy of EPs released over the past year and is a collection of twelve honest songs. EF had a listen and here are our thoughts.
We’ve been big fans of this band from the start and enjoyed the ride Little Comets have taken us on from their enthusiastic and hopeful debut through to their mature darker material.
The album kicks of with My Boy William, a quiet track at first reflecting some of the bands most recent releases but as it progresses the song becomes quite powerful and big. Little Comets songs generally come with melodic guitar riffs and this track is no exception. B& B is up next and straight away we are greeted with a familiar, summery, exotic sound that the band has perfected over the years and highly infectious.
The Gift Of Sound picks up where we left off and is an instant reminder of why we love this band, catchy melodies and feel-good vibes. Certainly one of the highlights on this album the track combines great vocals and clever lyrics all wrapped up in a great musical package
Formula might start off sounding like a nineties pop track but rapidly turns into a big tune with rough guitar riffs that very much steal the show at times. The song is anthem-like and fun to listen to. Little Italy, which was released as part of the band’s EPs is another classic example of Little Comets natural talent when it comes to creating melodic riffs that stay stuck in your head for hours after you’ve heard them. Salt, which was also released on a previous EP, fits perfectly well in this album adding a sense of urgency and drama to the record.
Changing the tone of the album is The Daily Grind with its big harmonies and mellow tone. Never shying away from taboo themes, Little Comets’ The Daily Grind speaks of the challenges of parenthood. We especially love how the song changes halfway through and turns into the most heartbreakingly stunning piano ballad.
Adding something different to the album is the very atmospheric yet powerful Effetism. The track kicks off with a delicate guitar riff and breezy melody but then changes halfway through and somehow it all makes sense. The track is somewhat different to what we are used hear Little Comets do but it works.
Fundamental Little Things is another big tune on this record with a myriad of guitar riffs and strong message, and whilst Don’t Fool Yourself might seem to be a happier track it isn’t but it doesn’t make it any less infectious.
The album ends on a big note with The Blur, The Line and The Thickest of Onions.
Each track on the album feels personal and true to the band’s nature. We are glad to see Little Comets back on top form again and showing us why we fell in love with their music in the first time. Each track on this album has its own merits and deserves a listen. We highly recommend this album and can’t wait to see it live.