Having ditched the synth-pop template employed on their last couple albums, The Mystery Jets return with a rockier fourth effort called Radlands. The boys from Eel Pie Island couldn’t find the necessary inspiration in the English isles so headed to Austin, Texas: “the furthest place from everything we know.” Fear not though, whilst there are clear touches of Americana (desert references, southern twang and the occasional influence from The Eagles) the album is still drenched in their trademark British indie-rock.
Regrettably, one of their band-mates dropped out on the eve of the album, but thankfully their solid song-writing is still very much intact as can be heard on Sister Everett above; a wacky number inspired by a nun the band met on the plane over to the States. Another strong moment comes on the song Greatest Hits featured below: written about a drawn out argument with an ex-girlfriend about who gets what in their shared record collection. Bizarre but brilliant.
Their previous album, Serotonin, struck a special chord with me. And whilst I’ve only given this one a handful of spins, it’s shaping up to be a beauty.