Based out of London, Mystery Jets formed in 2003 and featured both lead vocalist Blaine Harrison and his father Henry. To this day Henry remains an official member of the band, although his role is now more in the studio these days than as a part of the touring lineup. Curve Of The Earth is the band's fifth album and as has been their custom, it's a change in musical direction from their last release. 2012's Radlands saw them experiment with Americana sounds, but they are in full on pop/rock mode with the new one.
Curve Of The Earth opens with the dreamy rock of "Telomere". It's one of many standout tracks on the album, and also one of many with a 70's vibe flowing through it. The piano based "1985" is the only ballad here but it's a beaut. "Bubblegum" has an insanely catchy synth line and stands as part of a trio of the album's strongest material. "Blood Red Balloon" continues the 70's feel with its psychedelic rock sound and "Taken By The Tide" is an unabashed melodic rocker with an anthemic chorus and my favorite track on the album.
This will certainly appeal to fans of melody driven British rock and serves as a great introduction if you are, like me, new to Mystery Jets. Curve Of The Earth stands as one of my favorite early releases of 2016.
Favorite tracks: "Taken By The Tide", "Bubblegum", "Blood Red Balloon", "Telomere"
Curve Of The Earth was released January 15th, 2016 on the Caroline International label.