the st albans trio release their highly anticipated 2nd album, written mainly by frontman ed macfarlane in a remote french cottage & produced by paul epworth (plan b, adele, bloc party) & themselves. the album sees the trio opting for a faster-paced & more bombastic sound than that of their slow burning, electro-shoegaze mercury prize & double brit award nominated self-titled debut. this is a record that sounds like its been made for the height of the festival season – a full on, technicolour, glorious fiesta, perfect for sun-kissed grinning crowds – just as the vibrant cover art suggests. the album sees musical collaborations with the harlem gospel choir (on ‘hurting’) & holy ghost’s alex frankel (who plays clavinet on ‘true love’). “resistance is futile. big, bounteous of hook & packed with more senseless beauty than an acre of rainforest” 8/10 – nme, “catchy, superbly-crafted pop numbers…bold, brash, whack-up-to-11 stuff” – the 405.