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Album Review: The Last Words That You Said… by The Yacht Club

London’s The Yacht Club release their debut album The Last Words That You Said To Me Have Kept Me Here And Safe on 25th January via Beth Shalom Records. Starting life with no grand ambitions as a solo endeavour by front man Marcus Gooda to write songs purely for himself, rather than being constrained by other voices, the result was the self-released EP, A. After a tumultuous patch of turning down tours and selling out of physical copies and merchandise, 2015 saw The Yacht Club finally wake from dormancy to release their math-rock inspired self-titled EP in the same year, followed by 2016’s folk-lead EP, Fall.

An intense period of personal upheaval for front man Marcus Gooda and the band followed, as he struggled to cope with the suicide of a close friend, and the resulting mental health problems that affected both him and his wider circle.

After time to grieve and reflect on their experiences, The Yacht Club are back and stronger than ever, with a record that’s largely informed by their personal experiences of recovering from the grief and fallout of suicide, and packed full of pathos and emotion.

It’s the kind of album you want to like, on the surface it’s the kind of album we should love. In theory it has the perfect mix of math rock and emo. You can’t deny how emotionally charged it is either, every lyric is dowsed in heart-breaking realism – especially on lead single ‘Heigham Park’. Front man Marcus said: “Whilst the whole record deals with a period of immense grief and recovery, this song is one of the more blatant and upfront in terms of feelings about Blythe’s suicide. This was one of the first songs I wrote for the album, and I remember playing it to Alex—he summed it up well: it’s much more of an ‘I love you’ song rather than an ‘I miss you’ song, although the double edge is still very much there.”

“Heigham Park was one of the places our group of friends would spend our summers or evenings after school, and shortly after the funeral a bench was put there for him. When I’ve needed time to think I’ve gone and sat there hoping for the advice and support he used to give me.”

Unfortunately, it’s all a little dull. It’s a bit too plinky plonky, it’s a bit too emotional. Perhaps it’s because its such a personal album – it lacks a bit of relatability due to the specifics. Musically it is reminiscent off a dull version of American Football with the less appealing parts of Sorority Noise’s debut album.

That’s not to say it’s a bad album. Different stage of life or different circumstances this could be your favourite album, you could relate and it’d be one of those albums you feel viscerally connected with. Tracks like ‘Postmarks’, ‘21’ and ‘In Amber’ are excellent regardless. Give it a go.

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