The video above and the track below will allow you to hear Theme Park’s ‘Jamaica’, taken from their forthcoming debut LP. It’s a blissfully carefree single complete with a brilliantly effortless chorus and the feeling that you should be listening to it whilst slowly developing skin cancer under the fierce sun of a far flung destination. It’s going to be released by Transgressive on 13th August, and I can only recommend that you buy it and listen to it inside for your own safety.
With each passing song Theme Park are proving themselves to be incapable of making anything which isn’t an instantaneous tropical-pop classic, and that’s just fine with me. More than fine, in fact, because pop music doesn’t need to have the high aspirations of a Nobel Prize winning physicist; true originality is next to unobtainable and Theme Park are playing with what we’ve got in a truly infectious, unique way.
This, Theme Park’s April-7th-released single, is definitely one that the repeat button was designed for. There’s something in the song’s painstakingly restrained, hypnotic tone that keeps drawing me in. Perhaps it’s something to do with the emotive, honest lyrics, or even the simple melancholic hooks that are hidden within every little noise, but most importantly they’ve managed to retain something that’s just very distinctly ‘Theme Park’ without being wildly inventive, and it suits them wonderfully.
Above everything else, Mr Haughton’s searching lyrics make him sound like he’s lost and dissatisfied in an increasingly meaningless world – yet, perhaps fittingly, each song they put out is gradually making the world slightly less mundane. More like this, then; the forthcoming album is looking increasingly promising, and although I can’t quite predict the future, I’ve got a good feeling about this one…
…and in case you missed it, here’s recent b-side “Ghosts”, just to confirm that they don’t seem capable of putting their feet in the wrong places.
The title says almost everything that needs to be said really, so we’ll avoid a few minutes of pseudo-philosophising about the whole “end-of-year” obsession (bottom line – we love them), as these are simply my favourite songs from 2011, and therefore they are all right. But please feel free to argue in the comments, it wouldn’t be an end of year list without some of that. Fortunately, each song really does speak for itself, which is convenient because I don’t have a spare day to write about each one of these magnificent musical beasts, to be absolutely honest. So hit the play buttons, discover some new music, disagree with me, and let’s have a good, old-fashioned argument.
Well there you have it… When we contacted The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel with news of his momentous victory he became so emotional that he lost the power of speech, which is why we don’t have a snappy acceptance line from the man himself. But, rest assured, he’s well pleased.