Mystery Jets, Gross Magic, New Build, Francois & The Atlas Mountains
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- Website: www.mysteryjets.com
The Mystery Jets began life in the Eel Pie Island boatyard where they staged impromptu Saturday night gigs that eventually brought them to the attention of the wider world in 2005. It was clear from the very moment of the Jets emergence that they were no ordinary group, with some of their lyrics being in Latin and the prog rock of King Crimson and Yes being loudly touted as an influence on their debut album Making Dens. The group's current music sounds infinitely less chaotic, but no less inventive. After stripping away much of the excess on their lovelorn yet warmly-received 2008 album Twenty One, Serotonin sees the Mystery Jets mapping out entirely new musical territories; the synthesiser-fuelled perfect pop of Dreaming Of Another World, It's Too Late which begins as an aching soft-rock ballad before unexpectedly heading into the dark hallucinatory grind of Lorna Doone. Echos of ELO, 10CC, Fleetwood Mac and Supertramp also rub up against the band's own idiosyncratic and very British psychedelic sensibility.
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