Album Review – Everything Everything’s Arc
You know how with some albums you need to listen a few times for them to finally pierce your skin? Well, this is not one of those records.
I was suitably pierced and bleeding all over the place after the first listen.
Arc is Everything Everything’s sophomore album, and it’s an absolute cracker. This four-piece from Manchester have created a smorgasbord of sound of which the first single Cough Cough, as dynamic and exciting as that song is, is a mere entrée. From catchy synth-led tunes such as the second single Kemosabe to the stunning ballad-driven songs The House is Dust and The Peaks, the album includes a variety of genre influences. They have even managed to write a number that invokes what it would be like to hear Thom Yorke sing a Dickensian musical number in Undrowned.
That’s not to say that singer Jonathan Higgs just sounds like another Yorke wannabe (even though he admits him as a vocal influence in this interview with Triple J radio’s The Doctor), his versatile voice often has a powerful fullness that leaves no Radiohead comparison whatsoever.
But the most startling thing about this album is that what is described above should signal that Everything Everything have some kind of identity crisis (perhaps hinted at in the name) that should have resulted in a record that is all over the place, but the thing works! Arc still manages to stay succinct and make sense as an album, and I think that is the strength at play here and what makes them such an enjoyable band to imbibe.
So listen to this album because you want to jive and thrust your hips with arms wide, listen to it because you want to yearn and feel true beauty, listen to it with your eyes closed and be at that festival you know you’re going to fork out to see them at. Listen to it for a lesson in oratory diversity. Listen to it however you damn well please, because it won’t be the last time.
You can purchase various versions of Arc here.
Words by Katie Mayors