Well then, The Reads; what’s new? An album, you say, “Crossfire” released next Friday?
And as you’ll not be going out, any of you really, then you can stop in and listen to new music?
It’s been a while; so take a sideways step first. Because with this album it’s the constants that strike.
For this, a third album, what endures? Pace, adventure and a sense of wonder. Making space to feed our imaginations. Much that’s familiar; a delight in building melody and counterpart, structure and lyricism as a coherent whole.
I listened to The Reads loads when their first album was new-ish, 2011-2012. If we said that was a more optimistic time for the world at large; the Olympics beckoning in London and all the opportunities of a new century laid out to choose from, would anyone argue?
Is right now the best time for a new album? Maybe not, but life comes anyway it can.
And that, for me, is a large part of what I come to The Reads for, for the sweet in bittersweet. A lightly drawn promise that it will get better. And they’re getting radio play once more; the connections that need making are being made and that can’t be anything but a good thing.
Lyrical highlights: the softly promised revolution offered up by the “Top of the Rock”. The sentiment’s neither nice or nor tidy and yet the delivery’s like velvet. And the heart-on-your-sleeve torture of “Oblivion”; here’s an accurate knife for what’s dying; delivering a swifter death.
“Crossfire” stands somewhere between folk and pop with the added sensibilities of self-reflective rock. Strings and synth forming non-standard shapes of their own, bass as bones and the whole drawn together.
“The Grecian Arm” strikes me deepest though; a thing trying to go faster than itself before then drawing back in. There’s simple elegance in that.
The whole of the album bears the hallmarks of Generation X; a sense of the whole world falling and finding pleasure where it offers itself up; determined to find the footholds that it can. (Are we a symptom of our times or are our times a symptom of us?)
Great to have you back The Reads … now about those gigs…
The Reads and their music can be found here https://thereads.co.uk/