Album Review: The Postelles – The Postelles

By on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011 at 2:00 pm

The Postelles‘ self-titled album is fun. I could really stop there, because that is the best way to epitomise what this record and what this band is about. They are fun, unashamedly fun. From first song ‘White Night’ to album closer ‘She She’ ,this indie four-piece encompasses the same kind of 60’s summer vibe that Vampire Weekend have done so successfully.

Lead singer Daniel Balk has already found the perfect way to project a smile on anyone’s face. His voice drips with boyish charms and you can just imagine he’d be the kind of rock star who you could let meet your parents after the first date. Combine his boyish charm with the twanging guitars of David Dargahi, the toe-tappingly spot on drums of Billy Cadden and the clever bass grooves of John Speyer and well, you’ve got 12 songs of summer indie pop gold.

‘White Night’ epitomizes everything this album is all about, it’s oozing with the kind of cheese-ridden hooks that you would expect from Chris Martin, yet it still manages to sound cool and far less generic than their mainstream counterparts. The strength of this album is by far its radio friendliness and the fact that if you heard any of the first 7 songs coming on in your car and had heard them at least once before they are instantly recognizable as “The Postelles”, that for a band still in its genesis I ‘d say that is pretty good going by any standards.

The record slows down around ‘Hey Little Sister’ and sadly, this is where ‘The Postelles’ lose their charm. they aren’t Alex Turner writing ‘Humbug’ yet: you need to write your ‘Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, then maybe from there they can do their ‘Humbug’. That said though, the lull doesn’t completely ruin the album, it just stops it from being a good finished article.

The building blocks are there for these boys, they just need time to grow as a band in my opinion. Their first stint touring this record in the UK will see to that. But will these boys be turning into men anytime soon?


‘The Postelles’ is out now on +1 Records.

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