Childhood – ‘Universal High’ Review

South-London group ditch drab indie for sweet soul music on their second album

Reinventions are the flavour of 2017. Calvin Harris has ditched EDM for disco, Noel Fielding swapped goth attire for nice jumpers and cakes on GBBO, and Jeremy Corbyn proved to be one of the most galvanising politicians in a generation. Now Childhood continue the trend. Their debut, 2014’s ‘Lacuna’, was a shoegaze-infused slice of indie-pop, hinting at something more exploratory. But a full-blown ’70s Motown makeover wasn’t anticipated.

The record wears its influences proudly. ‘Californian Light’ is a throwback of falsetto vocals and groovy guitars, ‘Cameo’ slithers with liquid-smooth melodies, while ’Too Old For My Tears’, a funky dancefloor filler, showcases a group talented beyond their years. ‘Universal High’ is the reinvention we never knew we needed.

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