Little Comets
In Search of Elusive Little Comets


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
January 21st, 2011 | 55 replies | 9,830 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sensational and vibrant indie record with heart, energy and innocence.

Finally.

A mathy indie record that you can actually dance to which isn't shit and has a soul.

Wait a second, though; these guys aren't Foals. Or Vampire Weekend. What about Franz Ferdinand? The long list of near-misses has hardly paused for thought in the last six or seven years - there's probably an entire damn section devoted to it over at nme.com - and it is dominated by Next Big Things, all hyped as the bringers of salvation to punchy indie-rock. A shame, then, that literally none of them were. A shame, also, that none of them were Newcastle-based Little Comets; a break-up with Columbia records - the band says that they 'didn't sound enough like Ke$ha' - stalled this album's release considerably, so the thousands of fans the band reached with impromptu five-minute gigs in British lecture theatres have been waiting quite some time for this debut record. And so have the rest of the world. They just didn't know it.

In Search of Elusive Little Comets is the culmination and genuine perfection of every snappy guitar and jumping beat that bands like Vampire Weekend and Foals propose, and the canonisation of every impulsive and intelligent lyric; it stands where the lines of those artists all meet, but is elevated onto a wholly superior plane by its mastery of more than just one trade. Take 'Isles', for instance, a lyrically sombre reflection on a stagnant British society, but a song presented enthusiastically, with an anthemic chorus and an irresistible beat. Put more simply, Little Comets have the rare talent required to invoke thought and movement at the same time. It's even difficult not to tap your feet to 'Her Black Eyes' in spite of its evident subject matter - and the song's own delicate desperation is the only thing that really restrains you.

The genius of ...Elusive Little Comets is the way in which it blends these different effects rather than segregating them; almost every song here is capable of making the mix for a semi-hipster party (with the definite exception of 'Intelligent Animals'). And though the stacatto yelps and shouts of vocalist Robert Coles vary so as to make him sound like at least five different people, he is suited just as well to the rousing African beats of opener 'Adultery' as he is to his sparse falsetto on the closing track. And whatever the aesthetic, ...Elusive Little Comets is a passionate experience; this is not a record teeming with vacuous synths or empty declarations of vague aspiration; its songs are stories, its melodies are affecting and its intentions are beautiful. It is neither grandiose nor subtle, taking its cues from the same sonic inventories as their influences and relying on their songwriting to make the difference. It does.

It is not an exaggeration to suggest that this is the most vital and visceral collection of songs you will likely hear in a long time. In the realm of extroverted indie-rock, albums this compelling are uncommon to say the least. Little Comets fuse energy with heart and complex layers with the simplest hooks; they are a truly fantastic band, and In Search of Elusive Little Comets is an inspired debut record which by rights will see them propelled to the same heights as the biggest mainstream indie bands of the last decade. They were, in the end, all trying to sound like Little Comets.



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Knott-
Emeritus
January 22nd 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please, take the recommended by reviewer section with a pinch of salt. This album is so much better than all of those combined.

Please, really, please, listen to this. It is so good. I spent a stupid amount of time writing this because I wanted to make sure it would have the desired effect but you are missing out if you don't hear it.

http://www.facebook.com/littlecomets

Like their Facebook page and you can stream the record. It fucking rules.

SeaAnemone
January 22nd 2011



19729 Comments


I'm sorry Adam... you're gonna hate me... but I reeeaally didn't enjoy this

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Knott-
Emeritus
January 22nd 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What?!

bungy
January 22nd 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

added to the dl queue!

Knott-
Emeritus
January 22nd 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweeeeeeeet i need people to back me up with this shit

im expecting another fun.

disclaimer: band sounds nothing like fun.

spillingmercury
January 22nd 2011



877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listened to Isles awhile back. Thought it was cute, maybe I'll get this later.

Good review.

bungy
January 22nd 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

should I just be quiet if I hate it then?

Knott-
Emeritus
January 22nd 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha, I wouldn't want to stifle free speech but yeah, stay quiet!

Thanks mercury.

couldwinarabbit
January 22nd 2011



6996 Comments


will I like this? Because the review is very intriguing

Knott-
Emeritus
January 22nd 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Everyone will like it, miles! Just like their Facebook page and listen to it :D

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2011



10258 Comments


italics

Digging: The Bilinda Butchers - Heaven

mallen-
January 22nd 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sold on this. will get tomorrow

couldwinarabbit
January 22nd 2011



6996 Comments


it is AWESOME.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2011



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ooh, sounds good... If it's similar to 'Antidotes'. I'm not on bookface though, so I'll just have to be patient.

Oceanus
January 22nd 2011



877 Comments


Listening to the first song and I like it.

DiceMan
January 22nd 2011



7068 Comments


If this is anything like Vampire Weekend then I'm likely to hate it.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 22nd 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

please read my first posttttt

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2011



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I did... But I'm skeptical. I mean, I'm seeing Foals in 3 weeks time, so I have to be.

CitySickness
January 22nd 2011



17 Comments


Saw these guys as a support band a few months ago and they just sounded like another British NME clone. But I'll give it a listen.

Tyrael
January 22nd 2011



20738 Comments


Another solid piece of work Knott.



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