Music: Two Door Cinema Club * * * * *
Tourist History (Kitsune)
Every so often an album comes along, grabs hold of you and won't let go. You instinctively know that it's not just very special, but it's also something you want to turn all your friends on to.
You listen to it so much you can't imagine that there was a time, up to quite recently, where these songs didn't exist for you, where they hadn't burnt themselves into that part of your brain where all happy feelings are stored.
Tourist History, the debut from Co Down trio Two Door Cinema Club, is such an album. It doesn't tear up the rule book or offer anything that hasn't been done before, but every one of its 10 tracks are stunning slabs of sure-fire electro-pop. Not only is there no filler, but each song manages to sound stupendously radio-friendly.
If much of it reminds you of the thrilling high-gloss indie-pop of Phoenix, it won't be a surprise to learn that the album was mixed by Philippe Zdar, one-half of French house duo Cassius, who produced the last Phoenix album as well as Cut Copy's exemplary debut, Bright Like Neon Love. The Phoenix comparison is most apparent on the hook-heavy Something Good Can Work, the single that got so many people excited last summer.
Right from the off, Tourist History captivates. The euphoric Cigarettes in the Theatre revels in its jerky Bloc Party-like guitars and snares you with a joyful brass coda that sounds like it was borrowed from a Broken Social Scene recording session. Second track Come Back Home sounds like Franz Ferdinand-meets-Hot Chip, while the next song, Do You Want It All?, floats along on a sweet, sunny electronic groove. Ten minutes have elapsed and already TDCC have kicked the butts of most of their competitors.
While Tourist History is very much the sum of the three members' parts, Trimble is deserving of special credit. His crystal-clear vocals complement the upbeat material and, although he doesn't directly sound like him, there's a quality in his singing that will remind many of a young Tim Wheeler. Perhaps it's that rare mix of innocence and confidence -- whatever, for the album's brisk 32-minute runtime, all seems right with the world.
Burn it: Come Back Home; Do You Want It All?; Something Good Can Work