Albums Of 2012. 9// Two Door Cinema Club

Beacon [Released by Kitsuné]

Two Door Cinema Club fly on a precise plain, somehow avoiding any attention from critics yet finding resounding success at festivals across the country. Beacon, the band’s sophomore release only serves to affirm that they’ve never been a band seeking critical approval. Tourist History, the band’s first release, made this clear too. It pushed no boundaries, aligned to few tribes or credos and was relatively unambitious. TDCC clearly only had one aim – to get caught in your head.

Beacon’s aims are much the same, a simple collection of eleven straightforward 3 and a half minute  pop melodies, executed with a striking level of polish. Each song is perfectly arranged, neatly coordinated and slickly produced, resulting in an evolution from their previous sound, a similar evolution played out from their initial demos to their first albums. This might suggest Beacon is the album TDCC had always hoped to make. It’s a brighter affair this time, less about getting people shouting and in fits of drunken festival dance moves, but rather a gentler affair. The rock and roll has been taken out of their sound and replaced instead with bubbly synths and erratic electronic elements.

Effectively Two Door Cinema Club have realised why Tourist History worked and have taken it to its next logical conclusion. Plain pop music might not grab a critic by the neck and not let go, but in 2012 TDCC aimed for something even less aggressive, resulting in an easier listen than before. Probably weaker than their debut but with a wider scope for possibility. These new elements being introduced opens a whole new set of possibilities for the band. Indeed, the title track is a song undeniably fashioned as a festival-filling anthem, of epic proportions (appropriate considering lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Trimble’s Olympic opening appearance), but it’s more subtle than any track produced by the band before. For the first time they allow a song to wash out into relative silence for once, utilising and refreshing ammount of white space, expanding their pop repertoire even further than before. It’s not about breaking the mould, it’s about fitting it perfectly.

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