The rough-hewn edges of the trio’s early years are still present

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Times New Viking - 'Over & Over EP'


Times New Viking – ‘Over & Over EP’

‘Over & Over’ follows 2011’s ‘Dancer Equired’ down Times New Viking’s newfound melodic path. Though the rough-hewn edges and shambling vocals of the trio’s early years are still present, there’s something simpler and more direct about them these days. There are still oddities (‘Y2K2’, for instance, sounds like it got a particularly discordant millennium bug somewhere around its conception), but the sweetly distorted guitars on ‘Telephone Wires’ or the Fisher-Price bounce of ‘Middle Class Drags’ make for some of the most easily accessible and pleasantly budget-sounding pop songs they’ve ever produced.

Lisa Wright