But while ‘If You Wait’ serves up similarly chilly, ethereal sadscapes, they lack any of the Putney trio’s tears-on-the-dancefloor verve. Muffled drums crunch like fallen leaves underfoot while chiming guitar lines glide through the mix, but it feels undercooked and repetitive: little flourishes, from the Rhodes licks of opener ‘Hey Now’ to the dub guitar clatter of ‘Flickers’, fail to break up the sullen monotony.
Soaring above it all is front-woman Hannah Reid’s sublime vocal, which moves effortlessly between an unassuming Joni Mitchell-esque falsetto and diaphragm-straining Florence Welch theatrics. But she’s let down by listless lyrics about crumbling relationships and bittersweet late-night rendezvous that are so nondescript they’re not worth quoting. ‘If You Wait’ is a slick affair and not without its downbeat charm, but it’s incurably samey and skin-deep: an album that leaves you cold. Buy this album here
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