Album Review: Meadowlark – Postcards

Postcards

Released 30th June 2017

Words: Leander Hobbs

The debut album. Always a difficult thing to pull off and get right first time. Even more so if you are a duo that hasn’t been performing that long together (a mere five years) and come from very different backgrounds (film and social media stardom) with very different influences (rock meets homespun folk) 

So you would expect then that Bristol-based Meadowlark’s debut album Postcards to be something of a work in progress.  You would be wrong. 

Postcards is very much a finished and accomplished album. The marrying of the different influences of Dan Broadley (percussion and production) and Kate McGill (vocals and guitar) works better than expected to deliver that strange mix of pastoral electro-pop that seems so popular at the moment.  This album is definitely en vogue.   

That’s not to say Postcards is perfect. There is definitely some padding here; singles like Headlights and Paraffin, whilst nicely produced and perfectly executed are just a little too obvious for my liking. But where there’s padding it is comfortable, soft, inoffensive and that softness provides the perfect bed for standout singles such as Eyes Wide and the title track, Postcards to shine. 

Eyes Wide has had a lot of critical acclaim and it is easy to see why. The song is the perfect showcase for both Kate’s crystalline vocals and Dan’s uncompromising percussive drive. If you’re a fan of the ChvrchesLondon Grammar or even The XX you won’t fail to be impressed.  

I reviewed Postcards (the single) back in April and what captivated me then; its’ simplicity, light touch vocals and acoustic immediacy find no parallel on the rest of the album. It is still, in my humble opinion, by far the pair’s greatest achievement to date. 

 

That said one song doesn’t carry the album alone and there’s much to be said for the lyrical mind puncturing of Body Lose and Satellite both energetic pop classics that don’t waver far from the Bieber stable.  

So there is a lot of promise here. For the XFM generation Meadowlark will no doubt hit all of the right sonic buttons; raspy, understated vocals that drip with something a little Ellie Goulding, the right amount of acoustic melody stretched over a tight electro-beat and an ethereal wisp that suggests chilled summer evenings amongst friends.  

Lest we forget, this is Meadowlark’s debut album and where there are dips in the road, genuine talent more than fills the gaps. To extend this idea even further, Postcards paves the way for future collaborations and hit singles that will make Meadowlark a hot pop commodity.  

 

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