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Fenech-Soler - Rituals (Album Review)

Thursday, 03 October 2013 Written by Emma Dodds

The time is now for Fenech-Soler. They’ve been knocking around for a while, with their profile slowly on the rise since the release of their self-titled debut three years ago. Likened to Friendly Fires and Delphic by the Guardian earlier this year, they’re packing that upbeat, electropop kind of sound that you know and love.

The opening track on ‘Rituals’, Youth, acts as a fine hook at the top of the album, while All I Know, one of the singles on display, is a good, punchy pop song with a ferocious chorus. Likewise, In Our Blood follows a pretty bankable recipe for a great song with a good melody and a nice, slightly syncopated drum beat.

Ritual I holds a beautiful, graceful opening and serves as a lead in track to Last Forever, which is let down by a garish chorus that doesn’t live up to the expectations set by its opening act.

Elsewhere, Somebody has a house feel to it which works well, while Maiyu  - despite a coherent, typical structure - continues the house theme in its chorus.

Fading and album closer Glow are other major highlights, and the former boasts a chord sequence that’s just lovely.

‘Rituals’ is a refreshing dose of credible song writing that comes across as chilled out while also seriously whetting the appetite to catch the band live. In a genre that's reaching saturation point, Fenech-Soler have proved that they have what it takes to survive.

Fenech Soler UK & Ireland Tour Dates are as follows

Thu November 7th 2013 - LIVERPOOL East Village Arts Club
Fri November 8th 2013 - BELFAST The Limelight 2
Sat November 9th 2013 - DUBLIN Academy 2
Mon November 11th 2013 - ABERDEEN Tunnels, Aberdeen
Tue November 12th 2013 - GLASGOW King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Thu November 14th 2013 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Fri November 15th 2013 - MANCHESTER Manchester Gorilla
Sat November 16th 2013 - BIRMINGHAM Library, The Institute
Sun November 17th 2013 - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Tue November 19th 2013 - BRISTOL Thekla
Wed November 20th 2013 - BRIGHTON Brighton Concorde 2
Thu November 21st 2013 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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