Johnny Foreigner - You Thought You Saw a Shooting Star ...
- Hamish Gibson
- 3 January 2011
You Thought You Saw a Shooting Star but Yr Eyes Were Blurred With Tears and That Lighthouse Can Be Pretty Deceiving With the Sky So Clear and Sea So Calm
JoFo’s new EP You Thought You Saw … is cleaner and more coherent than their earlier work. Usually this brand of noisy indie rock would avoid such change, but the trio have made the transition without sacrificing the faux-adolescent innocence which makes them so uniquely fun.
From the accented soliloquy in ‘Elegy For Post Teenage Living’ to the frantically lo-fi ‘Harriet by Proxy’, there’s a significant nod to peers Los Campesinos! and Sky Larkin. The record tries annoyingly hard at times to appeal to the poetry writing 14-year-old demographic, taking away from its spontaneity. But other than that, this is an EP of ironically clever fight pop.