Even ten years after their debut, it’s hard to think about Mystery Jets without thinking about their sketchy portraits of young love. Their hazy delivery and tangled guitars allowed them to stand out from a plethora of rank average British indie bands that were sharpening their chops at the same time, but now they’re a completely different band. Curve of the Earth takes on a more progressive stance than we’ve seen from the band in the past, channeling the prog of King Crimson and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd into a distinct but still relatively accessible sound. The only trouble is that it’s very difficult to stay engaged with the album. Its progression is too deliberate, as if every convoluted idea the band had in the writing process was crammed in just to avoid it going unheard. There are some very good moments – Taken By The Tide is brilliantly structured, whilst Bombay Blue is anchored by a solid groove and a handsome vocal. All in all, Curve of the Earth comes across a little on the self-indulgent side, and although most bands evolve and move on from past successes, over-complicating things can lead to that band losing their sense of character and identity.
[FIRST PUBLISHED ON NO RIPCORD]