1. All Ones And Zeros
The first thing you hear when pressing play on The Early Years' eponymous
debut is the Kraut influenced former single 'All Ones And Zeroes' - a majestic
slice of indie grandness that hovers somewhere between Engineers, Joy Division
and Spiritualised, pumping along with an obvious Can infection behind the controls.
With a set of stated influences that takes in Neu!, Can, Television, Velvet
Underground, Acid Mother's Temple, Mogwai and Television, The Early Years are
evidently a couple of steps removed from the usual NME fodder, with their debut
LP flitting nervously between motorik beats and swooping harmonies - where the
listener is caught joyfully in the crossfire. Evidently harboring an Eno collection
somewhere in their collection, The Early Years thoroughly understand the benefits
of tailored production - as 'Things', 'The Simple Solution' and 'Song For Elizabeth'
consummately illustrate. Pockmarked with incredulous melodies throughout, 'Musik
Der Fruhen Jahre' is a prime example of The Early Years appeal - building a
kinetic and airy musical beast from acoustic guitar, skipping-stone drums and
chiming feedback. Elsewhere, 'So Far Gone' is a frayed chug of guitar pop that
would sit happily on daytime radio, 'The Simple Solution' crossbreeds the Stone
Roses, Smashing Pumpkins and Arcade Fire for a eulogistic five minutes, whilst
'Song For Elizabeth' is a sludgy yet poignant shimmer of layered guitar.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Engineers, Joy Division, Spiritualised, Television, Arcade Fire