sheffield duo return with songs about death that manage to be both uplifting & upbeat. go figure! it’s fair to say charles watson & rebecca taylor have somewhat ying & yang musical tastes (one favours destiny’s child, the other noise pop) but clearly those duel sensibilities amount to a perfect balance of masculine & feminine & a successful writing partnership. focussing on mortality, they seem to have tapped into something that sets them free musically. ‘never look back’ may start off with a singular guitar line & vocal harmony but soon it kicks into a full on emotional outpouring as choppy guitars rock out. ‘gold mountain’ drifts languidly, like the lonely walk home after a drunken night out. it is, in fact, yet another song in which the bittersweet melody belies the arresting theme at the heart – the death of a grandparent. far more percussive than their predecessor ‘yeah so’, they are obviously still growing as song writers, but ‘paradise’ comes across like a lost win butler & régine chassagne album written pre-arcade fire. “the work of a band stretching their wings” 4/5 – q.