Tangiers The Family Myth

The thing that keeps Tangiers that extra bit better than most acts of their ilk is their inexorable hooks. The band could produce a song about hygienic contact lens disinfection and still make it accessible and exciting. On The Family Myth, the hooks are still there, only now exemplars like the Buzzcocks and Richard Hell have been jettisoned in favour of more polished late ’80s/early ’90s British pop like Blur and the Cure. Bassist James Sayce has assumed most of the vocal duties, ironing things out with elongated choir-like chants, augmented and juxtaposed by Josh Reichmann’s more spastic ululations. Though only a slight shift, the tweaked Tangiers’ sound is a welcome addition to their already impressive catalogue. (Baudelaire)