Spectral Twinkles, The Night VI.

Spectral Twinkles, The Night VI.

So far as eternally urbane, ’80s-infused 2013 guitar-pop goes, nobody’s done it better than London-based, but Anglo-French ensemble, The Night VI. To even so much as suggest thusly may be to the belittlement of Alana, Este and Danielle, but truth be known, not even the universally revered HAIM have this successfully gilded such open accessibility with an intricacy that’s so cohesively honed. And whether heard glowing opalescently within the softly coruscating Thinking Of You or refracted back through a sterling revising of Stardust’s timeless Music Sounds Better With You, the multi-disciplined six-piece have recurrently proven something of a nonpareil proposition this year.

And débuted below, the same can be said of Talking To A Ghost, spectral twinkles underpinning Sophie-Rose Harper’s melodious keening of “lost eyes” and feeling distinctly out of sorts (“I think we’ve all felt like shells of our former selves” she says of its subject matter) that, gloriously redolent of Let It Die-era Feist, emphatically completes the piece. By the time the track’s propulsive drivetime groove picks up and really kicks in, Harper’s lyrics of feeling pushed away couldn’t feel more antithetical, as the troupe strike upon an unmistakable closeness – an intimacy to match that aforementioned intricacy, if you will. It’s a rousing pièce de résistance, and a striking reminder of how easy it can be to feel all but altogether lost and totally lovelorn in a megapolis vast as London. But, fortified by their finest chorus to date, Jack Gourlay’s piercing shards of skyscraping guitar paint an ineffably great optimism into the song’s winsomely lopsided structuring. For although forever a little left of centre, you really would be hard pushed to put forward a more impressive, even inventive contemporary pop group…

The Night VI’s SoundCloud.

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