French Wives - Dream of the Inbetween
An astute and highly promising opening salvo from Glasgow band
What a satisfying thing it is to hear a pop song that bypasses the tyranny of the chorus and sticks to its guns with a series of ear-warming verses. ‘Younger’, the shoulder-high stand-out track from the debut collection by French Wives (actually Scottish with only one-fifth having the potential for wifery), takes this plunge with agreeable abandon. The downside is that it serves only to highlight the relative conservatism of the remaining tunes.
‘Sleep Tight’ refuses to conceal its Strokes-like properties, while Elbow nudge their mark onto ‘Halloween’. But with an assured lyrical content, solid central performance from Stuart Dougan and refreshing fiddle-playing poking through the indie-pop anthemry, Dream of the Inbetween is an astute and highly promising opening salvo.