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8 out of 10
You could quite easily confuse the Wave Machines for a middling indie band. The opening rolls of 'Punk Spirit' threaten to go all Athlete on us. It's perhaps initially a little odd choice of single from the Liverpudlians with an album which is part Hot Chip, part Beta Band that 'Punk Spirit' is such a melancholy affair.
In truth though, 'Punk Spirit' is a beautiful but fragile song by a band who delve happily into work of bands like the Guillemots or La Roux with ease and a nonchalance which would make budding musicians jealous. Delicate and sad, the song is very much the contradiction of the title. It sounds more Malcolm Middleton than it does Husker Du, as he laments his ability to stand up to things. Even when the song threatens to burst into noise it's brought back with a gentle refrain.
It's quite unlike anything on the album which in many ways makes it more compelling. Even if you're not sold on the single, the Wave Machines have so much more to offer and are worth discovering.
1. Punk Spirit