January 31, 2014
Hatcham Social - 'Cutting Up The Present Leaks Out The Future'
An ever so slightly forgettable third album from the London bandMore on Hatcham Social
5 / 10 Londoners Hatcham Social have been carving their own furrow with their blend of ’60s beat music, avant garde and angular post-punk since 2006. Field Music and British Sea Power are the closest comparisons. Unfortunately, the odd flash of delicate charm aside (shy ballad ‘Don't Go To Sleep’ is a real tearjerker), on this ever so slightly forgettable third album they are not their usual inventive selves. On 'Spirit Of 45' they sound like a depressed Best Coast, and 'More Power To Live' is just crusty classic rock. Yes, they write pretty and moving songs, but it’s reasonable to expect more from a band with a history of writing such sophisticated pop.
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