It's been a long time since I've written a review, but I've got an album that you guys will like for sure: The Looking Away by Animal Kingdom. Until last week I had never heard about these guys, but then I saw them supporting Frightened Rabbit in Brussels. I was very pleased by their performance and I had to buy their most recent album, which I don't regret at all, since it is one fine indie record!
The Looking Away opens with The Wave, where Robert Sauberlich immediately demonstrates that he has a pretty charming voice. The Wave might not be the best track on the album, but although it's quite a decent opener for what's coming next. As Sauberlich's voice mysteriously faints away, Get Away With It kicks off with a very danceable guitar riff and drumline which reminds me a little of Interpol. As soon as the upbeat verse stops, the very catchy chorus subtle kicks in. Although the lyrics of the chorus aren't abstruse of anything, you'll be singing along soon!
Follower Strange Attractor is one of my favorite tracks of the album, it's kind of a mix between Two Door Cinema Club and Keane in their better days. What I like about Animal Kingdom is although they're a three-headed band, it sounds like there are five or more guys jamming. Straw Man is that sort of track that won't work if you release it as a single, but it's a great way to let the previous three tracks get through and to draw a line between the previous tracks and the upcoming tracks.
Skipping Disc is more of an acoustic song, which shows how diverse this album and Animal Kingdom in general are. And from the first second that the chorus took off, I new Sauberlich's voice reminded me of someone else's voice: Mark Foster of Foster The People.
White Sparks absolutely is a top class track: the clear Joy Division influences, Sauberlich's magical voice, beautiful lyrics and an upbeat and catchy chorus, there is nothing else to say to these guys than 'Thank you', not only for this track but for the whole album.
It looks like Animal Kingdom have found a great recipe for creating beautiful indie-tracks. I have this feeling that these guys will be performing at a lot of festivals sooner or later, it could be this year or next year, but trust me: Animal Kingdom will gain the respect that they deserve one day!