The Mystery Jets have had a long and successful career dating deep into the noughties and their latest creating Curve of the Earth is an interesting culmination of their work to date.
Intro song ‘Telomere’ sounds almost as if their tuning their guitars ready for the show to start until the strong piano chords break the noise and lead singer Blaine Harrison’s voice is head resonating through the track.
This is not like the Mystery Jets we are all used to. It’s a departure from their earlier output; more mellow, no bopping and dancing to the majority of this record. There’s the chance for some brief shaking to ‘Bubblegum’ but for the vast majority of the new album, the Mystery jets seem to be trying to appeal to a much softer, intricate listener.
Shouting out to their 70s’ influences the new album features the voice of David Thewlis’ in 90s cult hit Naked. This influence may explain why some of the record sounds like the lovechild of Fleetwood Mac and the Maccabees. The film Naked illustrates protagonist Jonny’s growing depression, and tracks like ‘1985’, ‘Saturnine’ and synthesiser heavy ‘Blood Red Balloon’ seem to highlight these anecdotal, mellow themes that the film portrays. Perhaps these refer to some of the band’s personal encounters. All of this remember is just suggestive of how I have interpreted the album please don’t go around telling your friends the Mystery Jets’ boys have lived the life of Jonny in Naked, that is not what I’m suggesting. However, regardless of its accuracy a clear parallel is apparent between these two artworks.
Regardless of its new dark undertones, the album does have its own iconic Mystery Jets’ sound. Guitar solos in a number of tracks and the classic choral singing mixed with differing drum beats call through the album reminding the listener that although the change in style, it’s still the much loved band from London.
By the time we reach the reflective final track ‘The End Up’ which features for the record, a quality full band breakdown, Harrison seems to be sending a message to the listener, “I hope I end up with you”. Is there another album to come? With such a lengthy career and headline tour coming up the band seem to show no signs of slowing so far. Perhaps, Curve of the Earth is best summed up as an emotional, reflective summary of their work to date and a look towards what is still yet to come.By Tom Cadman