Broken Records – What We Might Know
All confetti guns blazing, What We Might Know is the sound of a band playing the music they love
As a seven-piece band with a penchant for The Boss, Edinburgh’s Broken Records have produced a humble, endearing new record celebrating the joys and challenges of adult life that might be their most rewarding work to date. Setting aside the orchestral trappings of their previous albums, What We Might Know is a stripped-back affair by Broken Records standards, streamlining their usual idea fever into forty-five minutes of straightforward, anthemic pop songs that are begging to be blasted from car windows on a summertime drive.
Opener They Won’t Ever Leave Us Alone rockets out the gate and keeps gathering momentum, its thundering piano and triumphant brass building towards a climax of pure concentrated catharsis. Perfect Hollow Love and Clarity meanwhile suggests bassist Adam McMillan graduated alongside Future Islands from the Peter Hook school of bass riffs, his propulsive grooves joined by fluorescent synths and reverb-soaked drums to create a melodramatic 80s feel that’s dead cheesy in all the right ways. And when they do indulge in a jam on Someday You’ll Remember Me, it feels earned. All confetti guns blazing, What We Might Know is the sound of a band playing the music they love.
Listen to: They Won’t Ever Leave Us Alone, Perfect Hollow Love, Someday You’ll Remember Me