The lackadaisical indie dawdle which was at the heart of some of Shack‘s finer moments is a rare and splendid thing, its deftly constructed artifice of effortlessness a fine balance so infrequently achieved by others. The marvellously titled ‘To The Death Of Fun’ is an album which can take up its position in this select group, thanks in no small part to some wonderful production at the hands of David Holmes, not that his specific influence is especially obvious for the most part.
Recent single ‘Goldstar‘ leaps around unashamedly, blessed with a harmonica solo to die for. That’s a phrase I honestly never thought I’d ever write. I mean, let’s face it, harmonicas are largely a shitty little blight on the world of music, aren’t they? Not here. ‘Make You Feel Better‘, a member of the army of almost whispered indie tunes, has a gloriously wafting backdrop, evoking that summer smash that never was: ‘A Very English Summer’ by Future Loop Foundation.