In the Post #61: Mystery Jets

By on Wednesday, 26th May 2010 at 12:00 pm

It seems like Mystery Jets have been away for a really long time. But in actuality, the blokes from Eel Pie Island have only been ‘away’ for 2 years, when they charmed us with songs like ‘Half in Love with Elizabeth’ and that little ditty they did with Laura Marling, ‘Young Love’. Ah yes, those were the days.

‘Flash a Hungry Smile’, the teaser for their upcoming album to be released in July, ‘Serotonin’, has been released to radio stations, and it’s just a fun ride. (And it’s a lot less offensive than the cover of the single, sporting a man’s mouth with two meatballs, caught mid-chew.) Featuring kazoos, whistling, and lots of ‘ooh ooh oohs’, you can’t help but be enamoured. I don’t know if it was intentional, but it has a ’60s chirpy pop vibe to it. Mmmm yes, the tender strains of the Lovin’ Spoonful anyone? It’s a wonderful reminder that summer is just around the corner. Or depending on where you live, it may have already arrived. Hello 25 C + degree days, Washingtonians. And welcome back Mystery Jets, you have been missed.

Mystery Jets’s album ‘Serotonin’ will be released on 05 July on Rough Trade Records. They played Steve Lamacq’s 6music drivetime show on Monday 24 May, you can catch their session here (scroll ahead 2 hours) until Monday 31 May. The band will also add their sunniness as the headliner of this year’s Dot to Dot Festival in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester next weekend. I attended last year – it’s great fun. I only wish I could be there this time.

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