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Album Review: Unravelling by We Were Promised Jetpacks

Scottish rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks release their third album, Unravelling, on the 6th October. As you would expect it’s an album rammed with emotion, passion and that distinctive Scottish vocal. It’s unmistakably We Were Promised Jetpacks, their unique trademark sound hasn’t changed, but it immediately noticeable how assured and accomplished Unravelling sounds in comparison to its predecessors.

Undoubtedly this is the bands best piece of work to date. Lead track ‘Safety In Numbers’ gets things off to a storming start, raucous and lively it’s a statement of intent executed with aplomb. With ‘Peaks and Troughs’ the addition of keys comes to the fore, this new texture to the sound comes from new member, multi-instrumentalist Stuart McGachan.  Adam Thompson (guitar and vocals) explains “Stuart is an accomplished keys, piano and guitar player as well as having a lovely little singing voice, and with him we’ve tried to do something a little different. We’ve known him for ages and played music with him before so we were pretty sure it would work out. It has just been the 4 of us since 2004, so having someone new with us has been an enjoyable part of the process.”

With two successful albums already under their belts, you get the feeling that Unravelling could propel the band into the mainstream. With their previous efforts some album tracks seemed like filler, that’s not the case with Unravelling. Every track is instantaneously enjoyable, striking a poignant note every time. ‘I Keep It Composed’ has a delightful riff before ‘Peace Sign’ goes for a more laid back theme. The guitar work resonates as it underpins that fantastic vocal.

‘Night Terror’ has a Mogwai-esque post rock underbelly while the fuzzed up groove and harmonies go towards an Arctic Monkeys style swagger. It’s in the keyboard heavy ‘Disconnecting’ that you really hear the influence of their compatriots Mogwai. It comes out sounding haunting and atmospheric; it chills you to the core. Beautiful stuff.  Similarly ‘Bright Minds’ starts off with a beautifully delicate introduction before bringing in a brilliant bass groove. You can’t help but tap your foot and move along in time.

‘A Part Of It’ brings back the rock with a fantastic riff. The multiple guitar parts sound wonderful giving a deep and expansive sound. Both ‘Moral Compass’ and ‘Peace Of Mind’ are superb tracks with the former wandering into Manchester Orchestra territory. For the record this is no bad thing! The latter should really be singled out for praise, being instrumental it really packs an emotive punch – grabbing by you the lapels and sinking its metaphorical fist into your chest to tug on your heartstrings.

Regular readers will know how much we love a good album closer and with ‘Ricochet’ the band leave the best to last. It’s an astounding track; the post rock feel is full of emotion, team that with Adam Thompson’s vocal and you’ve got an achingly beautiful song.

Unravelling is by far the best album We Were Promised Jetpacks have done. It’s superb from start to finish. Equally as passionate and emotive in the quiet and loud parts it is an album which strikes you to your very core and leaves you begging for more.

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