Letters plum their recent past with the re-release of their debut EP ‘Older Motion Pictures’, not surprising really, as the Edinburgh band have been busy releases a healthy and successful bunch of singles, ’Older Motion Pictures’ will be their sixth in two years, so unearthing a previous gem and dusting it down for a 2012 release is understandable.
Listening to ‘Older Motion Pictures’ you are greeted with a more robust but still atmospheric, it’s like an odd few bars of a Snow Patrol song they never wrote and some cello arrangement to a forgotten film score; ‘Older Motion Pictures’ is full of musical imagery, all original and well-crafted. If this is “dark cello driven pop” band… actually I doubt the ‘pop’ tag really applies to the title track, or to that of ‘Explosions’ or ‘Time To Time’ they are all four songs are mood laden, but the music is in no way limp plastic or dull; guess to say ‘pop’ is shorter than ‘accessible’ - best view the video of the EP’s lead track, and draw your own conclusions.
One thing that is definitely clear though – taking in what has gone before, this is another comfortably good song to add to the half dozen single quality tracks recorded so far. In the words of a good friend, “This is lush!” couldn’t agree more. One of Scotland’s best kept secrets? 8.25/10