Tubelord – Ratchet
Fresh offerings here from Londoners Tubelord. A slight step up from the jabbering bubbly riffed singles from a couple of years ago but still retaining the fantastic vocal melodies, falsetto harmonies and the impressive variety in the dynamics of the song (so nice to see a SoundCloud that isn’t just a solid grey bar).
And this time they have horns. Horns are always a gamble for me, while they can be delightful in some songs (Fake Empire, Fistful of Love etc.) they can also be very silly and fall way short of the mark that these success stories have set. Here the instrumentation is pretty much spot on, as fat rolling synths iced with delicate glockenspiel ‘ding’s mingle with the aforementioned brassy numbers and the comfort zone guitars join in for the anthem finale.