Mystery Jets’ new album ‘Serotonin’ is out on July 5 – here’s a track-by-track guide to Blaine and co’s third effort.
“I stand in the line of fire for you… I bend over backwards for you… ‘cos I don’t have nothing in my life if I don’t have you,” Blaine Harrison sings on the brisk opener of the Eel Pie Island band’s third album, seemingly a tale of yearning devotion and dependency.
However, despite the self-deprecation in the lyrics the song is rollocking and uplifting, with choir bursts and stabbing drums bursting in near the death before it ends on a catchy five-note keyboard press.
Too Late To Talk
The opening synth melody of ‘Too Late To Talk’ suggests the band are back on an ’80s tip once more before Lennon-y piano takes over, Blaine asking his subject “what they’re running fro-oh-oh-oh-om.” The chorus sees him and his bandmates repeating the song title while more twinkle effects at the end suggest the shoulder pads haven’t been relegated to the charity shop pile just yet.
The Girl Is Gone
“I was wrong thinking I’d be strong” Blaine sings – again in self-deprecation mode in relation to lady relationships, it seems. “The girl is gone…” he repeats over snare drum-edge taps on this mid-paced number, again featuring 80s-style synth throbs in the undercurrent.
Flash A Hungry Smile
Originally intended to be the album opener and simply titled ‘Flash’, this song is perhaps the album’s most epic moment, with catchy kazoo-led (I think) rushes bleeding into a whistle-led chorus. Download it free at Mysteryjets.com.
More ’80s-style synth bursts and starry echo effects – thought they may have moved away from those for this album. “Felt like I was floating… now I’m coming down with you so hard” Blaine sings on this mid-paced, drive-friendly number. “Now I’m coming up so hard’ he sings at the end – on at least a bit of an uplifting tip at last, lyrically (even if it is neurotransmitter-induced).
Show Me The Light
Disco-y hi-hat heralds weird wobble-throb effects over this brisker number featuring U2-esque guitar echoes on which Blaine sings about how he “looks into the mirror but doesn’t recognize my face”. Christmassy bells cut in later on as the train-chug rhythm cuts out to let the song breathe before we get a small dose of cowbell – The Rapture didn’t battle on for nothing.
Dreaming Of Another World
A catchy retro hazy synth opens the seventh song on the album while Razorlight-y guitar strums pipe in and out from speaker to speaker while Blaine repeats the song title chorus. A bit more cowbell clonks in the background too.
This number has been rattling around Mystery Jets’ live setlist for well over a year. It’s possibly the catchiest song on the album – here’s a live rendition.
Waiting On A Miracle
Initially ‘Waiting On A Miracle’ sounds Joy Division-ly dark, with its scree-ing 20-second intro, then a sweet vocal hook from Blaine kicks in and the clouds part to reveal something a touch more bright, with taught acoustic strums and crash-wallop cymbal splashes.
“I can still remember how you smiled while you were sleeping. Now you’reyou’re going under and I can’t believe what I’m seeing”, Blaine sings, then, “There’s a hole in your heart and though you try you can’t stop bleeding.”
More ’80s drum-thumps and an echoing bass thump open the penultimate song on the album. “All I wanna do is melt, melt, melt into you” Blaine sings on one of the album’s catchiest choruses.
This’ll be the epic closer. Clocking in at five minutes and 35 seconds, ‘Lorna Doone’ boasts humming organ sounds in the background and the most overtly ‘big’ croon-chorus from Blaine (emphasis on the “Lorna Dooooooooone!” lines). Evocative chord changes and plane-soar effects overhead, this one’s aiming for the skies.