EP Review: The Bellybuttons- Nostalgia Factory

Nostalgia Factory

Released 24th June 2016

Words: Gary Feeney

bellybuttons nostalgia factoryOriginating from England but meeting and forming in Glasgow, the Bellybuttons have actually been around for a few years and already have an E.P. under their belt, but it’s only with their second such release,  Nostalgia Factory, that they’ve really started to make their breakthrough and on this form, it’s more than merited.

Featuring a lo-fi sound which calls to mind the early indie releases of Creation Records, particularly the likes of the Weather Prophets, the Bellybuttons are purveyors of a sound that is sparse and relatively simplistic, with loose guitar riffs and vocals providing the melody, all of which is most obvious on the excellent lead single Why? – perhaps the most up-beat number on the E.P, it’s the kind of song that will instantly lodge its self in your head.

Of the other tracks, they manage the trick of sound almost languid yet are still full of life and improve with each listen with the eponymous track arguably the pick of the bunch, but in truth, it’s hard to really pick between them.

Nostalgia Factory is a short release at just 18 minutes (excluding the acoustic version of the title track which closes it), but as an introduction to the Bellybuttons, it’s a fine one: deceptively simple musically with smart melodies and guitar hooks, this is a release which will whet the appetite for future music from the band.

Listen to  Nostalgia Factory here:

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