This post is, unfortunately, about five months too late. Sparky Deathcap mentioned them in an interview before Christmas, so a lot of poor organisation is to blame for Planet Earth only reaching these pages now. of course, the chances are that you’ve already jumped in and bathed your ears in their sonorous beauty, especially if you’ve done any shopping in your local branch of Top Shop in the past few weeks. As well as providing the monied young with some slightly overpriced but nice clothes, they also have a splendidly hip playlist, which has blessed bemused boys absent mindedly following their girlfriends around the sale section with tunes from a whole range of brilliant artists, from Health to Laura Marling. Somewhere towards the twee-er end of that spectrum lays ‘Falling into Love’, PE’s latest single. A fitting title for a song that actually mirrors the descent into adoration that love can bring, as it’s first album era Noah and the Whale style harmonies lure you in, only for the charming lyrics and infectious chorus to come in and make sure you’re utterly bewitched with the 2 minute exercise in pop perfection.
In fact, the single features two members of Noah and the Whale as part of it’s ensemble cast and though it might sound otherwise, Charlie fink doesn’t provide the vocals. There must be something deep within that makes the heart leap for off kilter vocals, especially when teamed with lovingly personal, honest lyrics and references to J.D. Salinger. Comparisons to Slow Club are obvious on a fair few of their tracks thanks to the tender vocal interplay, with backing vocals often provided by the massively underrated The Middle Ones. The line-up seems to be ever changing, borrowing bits and pieces from other bands from song to song, which only adds to the inherent beauty of their work. We can only hope that someone brings them up north again sometime soon.
Planet Earth – Bergman Movies