Single review by KevW
There's something about perfectly executed indiepop that prevents it becoming tired. Maybe the genetics of music have just evolved it that way. Anyone who's ever heard a record by Allo Darlin', Camera Obscura, Standard Fare and so on will instantly recognise the sounds crafted by Brighton/London quartet Fear Of Men, indeed we've had dozens of bands over the past thirty or so years ploughing this now familiar furrow. You know the sort: butter-wouldn't-melt girly vocals, guitars content to jangle and strum as opposed to any kind of intense fretboard polishing and not a cat in hell's chance of a drum solo, all topped off with an overdose of melody. It's a fail-safe recipe, but one that's tricky to perfect.
Whether or not Fear Of Men were striving for perfection or not, they've just about managed to achieve it on 'Mosaic'. If the music described in the first paragraph is familiar to you then you already know what this song sounds like, and by what we've said you'll already know it's a pure guitar-pop delight. 'Mosaic' has all the components present and correct and even sticks in the odd sample. It's their best track to date and if indiepop had such a thing as a 'big league' then Fear Of Men have just gained promotion to it. B-side 'Your Side' is no damp squib either. It doesn't quite scale the same heights but deserves a purchase by those thinking about grabbing the digital version of this single rather than the 7". As traditional as a roast dinner on a Sunday yet as fresh as a daisy at the same time.
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