Offering up their sophomore cut Beacon onto the plate of the electro/power-pop hungry are Ireland indie trio Two Door Cinema Club. If you have never had a meal at a Michelin rated restaurant, Beacon is probably the closest thing you'll get to sample right now. Their success of debut album Tourist History has not impeded their ability to harness an impressive balance of slick youthfulness with a newfound twinge of loneliness.
"I've never been that far from home, hold, hold, hold me close" in Sleep Alone is one of many songs that have been possibly influenced by the band's success. Moving from hotel room to hotel room during touring might have taken a toll on them, but at least Alex Trimble manages to capture that essence of repetition and mundanity in the vocals of one of the best tracks on the album. The underlying current of the song speaks volumes of the weariness, and the strength they need to find whilst battling in this industry.
The World Is Watching starts off with a safari-esque vibe, with Afro-beats that provides a refreshing spin. However, for the fans of the previous album, bits of their original sound are still evident in Someday, Beacon and Wake Up, although their evolution is also a welcome listen - perhaps a little more subtle and melancholic than their naive, optimistic debut. Someday pulls together some kickass squealing electric guitar and bass lines, along with some expertly controlled vocals from Thimble, that is reminiscent of a poppier version of The Vaccines' Possessive.
TDCC has definitely toned down their sound, but the proof is in the pudding as they show us with Beacon just exactly why they deserve to be the current hottest indie darlings.
Track Cuts: Someday, Sleep Alone, The World Is Watching, Wake Up