Sounds From The Gulf Stream

With a name like [B]'Sounds From The Gulf Stream'[/B], [a]Marine Research[/a]'s debut album could have been utterly sad, minimal introversion, all melancholy synth and the blip of distant radar pulses

With a name like ‘Sounds From The Gulf Stream’, [a]Marine Research[/a]’s debut album could have been utterly sad, minimal introversion, all melancholy synth and the blip of distant radar pulses. Profound sadness should have been expected; [a]Marine Research[/a] is a reformation of the fondly remembered twee-poppers Heavenly, who split in 1996 after the suicide of drummer Matthew Fletcher.

, sighs Amelia Fletcher with mock indignation on ‘Glamour Gap’. She needn’t worry. Behr‘s beauty is only skin deep, but [a]Marine Research[/a]’s is measurable in fathoms.

“Come over here and pinch me twice/ Some things seem more real than real life”, concludes Fletcher on the closing ‘YYUB’. Which is the correct response to the unexpected triumph of ‘Sounds From The Gulf Stream’. Such sweetly observed good humour, such noble beauty is worth a dozen cathartic dirges. Sometimes, the best things in life are twee.