After one or two false starts, the sunshine is getting a bit of consistency and the good vibes are beginning to flow here in the UK, so the question is: what’s gonna be your sound of the summer?
Two Door Cinema Club’s new album ‘False Alarm’ is the answer to that question. Count yourself lucky if the Irishmen are appearing at a festival near you in the next couple of months, as you’re in for an absolute treat.
TDCC have divided opinion since their debut album a little under a decade ago, despite a couple of tracks from that record becoming cast-iron indie classics. ‘False Alarm’ could be their most unifying project yet though, such is its infectiousness. You’ve got to be proper miserable sod to hate this album.
‘False Alarm’ has all the vibrancy and colour of a bunch of enthusiastic newcomers, but with the intelligent pacing and quality songwriting of an experienced outfit on their fourth record.
You’re hit straight off the bat with the effortlessly catchy ‘Once’ and its wistful sentimentality, before it’s dancefloortime when lead single ‘Talk’ bobs and weaves through your head.
Pretty consistently throughout the record, TDCC utilise disco-inspired grooves alongside 80s-sounding synths to great effect. It’s spacious, fun and free, and the urge to get moving is irresistible.
There are also a couple of guest credits that come a little from left field for a band of TDCC’s profile, with Zimbabwean group Mokoomba providing a subtle influence to the beat of ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ and US rapper Open Mike Eagle jumping on the end of ‘Nice To See You’ with a few bars that maybe don’t really fit with the aesthetic of the album.
Keeping up such a relentless energy from start to finish would be a tax on both the band and the listener, so TDCC wisely insert the more mellow numbers ‘Think’ and ‘Break’ to give everyone a much needed breather.
The vocal effect used on ‘Think’ is a little annoying, but everything else about the track is so bloody good (particularly the lyrics), you’ve just got to accept it.
Another boon to the variety of the record is Alex Trimble’s full use of his vocal range, which means that no two songs hit the exactly the same note, which can be a problem for bands with more limited singers.
I’m one of those who is guilty of dismissing TDCC in the past as a bit on the twee side, but the four-year gap to regroup between their second and third albums has made the world of difference. 2016’s ‘Gameshow’ was a glimpse into that hard work, but ‘False Alarm’ is the realisation of it. In short, despite it not being perfect, it’s a triumph.
Do yourself a favour; go and find a swimming pool, get all your mates to come and put this album on. You won’t regret it.