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Review: Shout Out Louds – Soon Work Things Out

“Know its not forever, know it’s got to stop” may be a suitable line for many a band to follow. Shout Out Louds however have come to the conclusion that for themselves, it’s got to continue.

They haven’t been around for six months, but their brief hiatus has brought positive results, leading each member to the pleasing revelation that producing great music is both what they want and need to do.

The result of this is ‘Work’. Picking up where their two previous efforts left off, their third full-length album is boldly titled, resembling the firm ethics behind putting it together.

It’s easy listening, but by no means overly simple or lacklustre and features consistently lengthy tracks that leave you satisfied. Beautifully layered instruments and trademark jingles that we’ve experienced from Howl Howl Gaff Gaff onwards keep things fresh and continuous and the harmonic vocals shared by Adam and Bebban blend melodiously as ever. Play it in your car to calm you down during rush hour, play it whilst you’re cleaning your room on a Sunday afternoon, it’s that pleasantly comforting and sweet.

During their time apart, frontman Adam Olenius continued to write and play in a boxed room, armed with a synthesizer, guitar and GarageBand. Hopefully not quite as hermit-like as the image I can’t help but get in my head. Either way, the result became the engine to ‘Work’s’ production. By keeping in contact, each band member received and questioned/challenged Adam’s efforts, resulting in songs that ooze confidence and satisfaction.

In aid of this was Seattle producer Phil Ek (The Shins, Fleet Foxes), brought on board to complete the process who was in the band’s own words seen as a “much-needed force.”

It’s not their epic masterpiece, as the tracks can often sound a little too similar. It is however, a brilliant Indie record that solidifies both their abilities and intentions to keep going. Some may argue it’s just more of the same, but really the group have opted for consistency over change. And they’ve done it well. Despite this, deeper and slightly more serious vibes can be felt from ‘Work’ and this comes as little surprise as this is a band who appear to be stronger than ever.

Shout Out Louds have a brief upcoming September UK tour in which they’ll no doubt explore ‘Work’ and experiment with where the new songs can fit in.

The Shout Out Louds kick off their UK tour at the London Garage on 22nd September.

- James Uden

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