SINCE the release of their debut single ‘Sucker’ in 2015, all eyes have been on The Big Moon. Thrust onto our radar from the moment they announced their arrival, the band have had us enthralled with every inspired release to date, effortlessly seizing hearts with their wonderfully ramshackle and carefree brand of indie pop. With every tantalising teaser pointing towards a knockout LP, the band have been tasked with delivering one of the most highly anticipated debut albums of the year; and in true Big Moon style, they have managed to knock all expectations out of the park yet again.
Love In The 4th Dimension is the album we’ve all been waiting for and more; brimming with absolute bangers from start to finish, it welcomes you into their wonderful world with open arms and leaves you yearning for more. Harking back to the carefree days of nineties Britpop with nods to Elastica and Blur, the band crash and careen their way through an onslaught of hook-filled choruses, infectious melodies, snarling guitar parts and beautiful harmonies; all while displaying an electric chemistry that is impossible to replicate.
With every blown raspberry, dropped tambourine, wolf-like howl and lyrical wink, Love In The 4th Dimension captures a band having the time of their lives; and it’s that simple fact that makes it such an enjoyable listen. Littered with quirky touches, the band embrace their imperfections in the name of fun; and the album is all better for it.
Of course, it helps that they have a plethora of massive tunes to their name. A newly recorded version of ‘Sucker’ is a fitting introduction; bigger and bolder than its original, it is given a new lease of life as guitars crank up on each chorus and Juliette Jackson delivers its signature line ‘I’m a sucker for you’ in her distinguishable croon. It’s not the only familiar face; ‘Cupid’ is as upbeat and catchy as ever with a Libertines-like scrappiness about it, the anthemic ‘Formidable’ bursts with passion and self-assurance, ‘The Road’ greets you like an old friend while ‘Silent Movie Susie’ gallops with the irrepressible energy of a true Britpop banger. Already, these songs sound like they will be around for a long time as they bury their way into your consciousness with ease.
‘Pull The Other One’ is our first introduction to new album-era Big Moon and it comes armed with even bigger choruses and catchy melodies over a backdrop of dirty guitars and wonderful harmonies. Leaving you on tenterhooks with their powerful dynamic between quiet and loud, Juliette Jackson’s unmistakeable croon weaves the impassioned, and often wry, narrative throughout; effortlessly shifting between howling dramatics and seductive croon. The riff-packed ‘Bonfire’ is one of their most incendiary creations; bursting with intensity over syncopated rhythms and fearless guitarwork before ultimately consuming itself. Elsewhere ‘Happy New Year’ boasts gorgeous harmonies and an infectious spirit; ‘I’m never going to be this young’ Jackson sings over a bubblegum chorus.
The brooding seductiveness and mildly suggestive lyricism of ‘Zeds’ slows things down, showing another side of the band before ‘The End‘ brings things to a rightfully euphoric finale.
On their debut album, The Big Moon capture the thrill of a new relationship with a wonderfully carefree attitude and infectious enthusiasm. While there may be nothing ground-breaking at play, the band remind us of the triumphs that come with putting your faith in vibrant, guitar-led indie pop and the result is a fantastic album which fizzes and sparks from start to finish. Taking you into their brilliantly ramshackle, romantic, carefree world for all of 11 tracks, it’s an album made to be screamed back by festival crowds throughout the summer. On all the evidence here, The Big Moon know exactly what it takes to strike gold on a debut album.