Ahead of the May release of their debut EP, Older Motion Pictures, Edinburgh’s Letters return with a track which might just see them break into the mainstream consciousness a la musical kindred spirits Frightened Rabbit.
There’s a grand scale to the single, recalling at times the excellent work of The Reindeer Section. Halfway House builds over a bed of cello and shimmering guitar work which raises the hairs on the back of the neck before we’re even half a minute in. For a fairly new band, Letters lack nothing in confidence and their ambition is matched by the excellent production of the record which gives full vent to the group’s accomplished musicianship.
There’s lots to love about this song – from the strings’ insistent throb to the Biffy-style vocal of the chorus. There’s an assured urgency to the single which is certain to grab it lots of airplay; it’s exactly the kind of thing you’d expect to hear on Uncle Vic (Galloway)’s Radio Scotland show.
At a shade under three and a half minutes it feels like it almost finishes too soon; I was certainly left wanting more and that’s got to be a good sign.
Letters hit the road later this month, and Halfway House is out on the 19th.
Review by Bryan Gregg
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