It has taken New Wave pop collective My Tiger My Timing almost four years to procure an album, since the release of their debut single This Is not The Fire in 2009, however, on the 2nd July, they released Celeste through their very own DIY label Snakes & Ladders. Has it been worth the wait?
The five piece from New Cross, London, are siblings Anna and James Vincent, Jamie Harrison, Gary Drain, and Sebastian Underhill, and have already earned themselves accolades such as the Becks European Newcomer Award in 2010, have made the finals of Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition, and also worked with Andy Spence of New Young Pony Club in the production of their debut single, since forming in 2008.
My Tiger My Timing seam to induce a contagious carefree aroma, in their electronic dances, tribal chants of vocals, and shrugging guitar strums. Celeste opens with Wasteland, where the playful repetitions of vocals, against a guitar and drum partnership are reminiscent of a Foals song, of whom the band shares an admiration of American musician Arthur Russell with.
Written in Red is a sunny anthem, floating under the rays on a short brassy guitar pluck, while the drum shimmies along with the glittering synth’s, dancing like a crystal in the sunlight. The electronic whips in The Gold Rush, released on 25th June, allow a liquid introduction to an incredibly catchy song, while the guitars weave in and out of Anna Vincent’s frustrated lyrics, before a crescendo of synth jumps that inject a happy tone into the otherwise relatively negative lyrics.
After School opens gently, like a lullaby, softening you with a xylophone, before a distorted riff is stretched beneath a tribal rush of drums, and then returning to a placid exit filled only by the yawn of a guitar. On My Record Player is almost like a school playground anthem, the easygoing lyrics tend to the friendly beats that have you feet tapping away instinctively. Endless Summer does not stray from the theme of a playground chant, with lyrics like “school is out, all I want is an endless summer” with gentle strokes of short but soft harmonies, upon a joyful indie combination of bass guitar and drums.
Closing Celeste is Your Way, layers of electronically amplified keys ensure a dreamy, almost 80’s backdrop to contemplative whispers, with bites of the guitar enticing listeners into the surreal world of My Tiger My Timing. Although Celeste may have been on a slow cook, it is delivered deliciously, and after consuming, it seams to evoke that happy sensation in which you feel when you are truly fulfilled.
Standout tracks: The Gold Rush, Your Way.
For Fans of: CSS, Foals, New Young Pony Club.
Written by: Charlotte Owen.