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Album Review // THE CALLS ‘The Night The World Stood Still’

Get lost in an indie daydream with the latest album from The Calls.

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Leeds outfit The Calls show maturity and evolution of their sound on their latest album The Night The World Stood Still. Reflective and honest, it has made for a cohesive debut album and serves as a great introduction to the dreamy indie sound that defines the band.

Beginning with May Day, it’s a cheerful start as glittering melodies shine through. In a whirlwind of psychedelia and creativity, the track exudes a bright gleam with its sprightly riffs. As fuzzy guitars make their way into your mind, they wash together to create a dreamy haze that settles over you. Full of sunlight and brightness, it’s an indie anthem to sink your teeth into at the end of summer.

Continuing with What Can You Do, it’s a whole different feel as the bass dominates the texture and brings a depth to the song. A playful drum introduction is joined by a cheeky bassline, offset by punchy guitars. The chorus is sure to get stuck in your head with its infectious tune, and it muses upon the helplessness of our feelings in love through the lyrics “When I think of love I think of you // Oh, what can you do.”

I Am Gone shows a slightly darker sound to the band’s catalogue. Similar to What Can You Do, the bass is very prominent and the opening bass riff will loop itself round your head as it leaps up to high notes before coming back down. Mellifluous grooves make this a charming track you’ll want to put on repeat. Moving from a minor to a major melody for the chorus, this sonic progression creates a blossom of warmth that is matched by the sunny guitar chords. An electrifying guitar leads the bridge into a charge of smashing instrumentals, and a brief pause gives way to a triumphant final chorus.

Lightening up with The Night The World Stood Still, swirling psychedelic melodies colour the atmosphere and sound effects bring in a kaleidoscopic addition. As the sounds wash over you in a haze, you’ll find yourself swaying along to the gentle vocals. A strong groove is brought back for Lost Art Of Romance, which has hints of Red Hot Chilli Pepper in the instrumental lines. Dynamic and quirky, the syncopated bass riff combine with rhythmic percussion to produce an exhilarating backing to the vocals.

Ending with I Can’t Afford It, it’s six minutes of pure bliss and not once does the track feel like it has dragged on for too long. Electronics ebb and flow, giving the track a living, breathing quality, and it’s a toned-down ending that speaks loud without actually being loud.

With this album, The Calls bring unique tone that bears resemblance to other bands in the indie genre, yet at the same time is distinctly The Calls, honing a raw energy that is seldom seen nowadays.