There Will Be Fireworks – Summer Moon
There Will Be Fireworks' new album Summer Moon retains the most visceral and passionate elements of its predecessor, and blossoms new quirks and qualities
There Will Be Fireworks’ Summer Moon immaculately distils a sense of maturity, crucially, without having to forgo any of the vitality that swarms the Glasgow outfit's earlier work.
Frantic guitar charged by nervous energy jolts through Bedroom Door as they pine for hope: 'I just need a little space, a little time, a little faith, and to tell myself the sky is still not falling', while on Something Borrowed, the creative magic of their instrumental arrangements is highlighted. Layers of fuzzing guitar and bass are topped tastefully by strings that nudge the track ever-closer to its cinematic climax.
Second City, Setting Sun displays one of the most impressive and devastating vocal performances of Nicholas McManus’s career – through rise and fall, explosion and whisper, it's always close and hinged on the sense that an emotional capitulation may be on the horizon. So much of the album is retrospective, heavily considered, but never distant. Since 2013s The Dark, Dark Bright, much has changed, in the world as a whole and for the band on a personal level. Nonetheless, Summer Moon retains the most visceral and passionate elements of its predecessor, and blossoms new quirks and qualities.
Listen to: Smoke Machines (Summer Moon), Classic Movies, Second City, Setting Sun