Postcards From Jeff announce their début album ‘Modern Language’. Released on Alien Boutique Records on 24th of July 2015.
‘Modern Language’ is somewhat of a departure from the self-titled début EP that saw the producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Joss Worthington gained much praise. “Modern Language explores the hyper connected world we all live in, how we communicate with one another, and how misunderstandings and misgivings affect our lives,” reveals Postcards From Jeff’s alter ego Joss Worthington. “It’s the voice of someone trying to make sense of a dizzy and disorientating world but optimistic that things are going to work out in the end.” Fair enough, now armed with a compass and goggle maps. thinking mellow, I gingerly press play.
As ‘Modern Language’ arches through my second play, even opener ‘Suburban Girl’ although no real audio signpost to proceedings, the song still sits comfortably as a single. What follows seems equally challenged by1980’s pop, not that Postcards From Jeff have sold their soul to pop, their is still more in the can. especially on tracks like ‘Tired Wings’ that apart from a need for a real drummer, sounds good, ‘Goddess Of The Sun’ keeps things interesting before the title-track complete with 35 year old refrain, still sounds alright in a day-time radio kind of way.
‘Modern Language’ is worthy, if not exciting, it’s like the 1980’s theme sucked passion, invention and a chunk of more creative ideology to boot. It’s almost like a Scalextric track focus on one-and-a-bit pleasantly pre S.A.W. era themes, there’s craft and a direction, lucky for some, but somehow I just missed the boat. 7.4/10
Lead single ‘Suburban Girl’
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