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Look Inside Your Heart by The Wave Pictures
Look Inside Your Heart is The Wave Pictures' second long player of 2018 and it sees the band continuing in their experimentation with - what I suppose you could call - "high concept" releases. Following on from their last album Brushes With Happiness (written and recorded in a single day) and A Season In Hull (recorded with a single microphone) this one takes things a step further: it's a drunk record. Recorded live to reel-to-reel tape, late at night whilst soused, mistakes and studio ambience intact. The album comes across like the under-rated Beach Boys' Party!, although where that album was faked to sound like a knockabout piss-up, this one appears to be the real deal.
Opener "Roosevelt Skyes" with its fun time, African influenced groove, sounds like an off cut from 2013's epic double LP City Forgiveness. But that's not the only thing that makes it sound like an out-take. It also comes complete with wobbly tape sounds, studio giggling and general background noises which are recurring themes on this record. "Tell Me That You Weren't Alone" is at once vintage Wave Pictures, but also something excitingly new, with its inspired use of toy piano being the real hook. "Dodge City Blues" is more inline with something from their recent Billy Childish era bluesy-garage output, but with added daft howling noises, and "Brian", which is perhaps the least inviting song title of all times, is actually an absolute rip roaring gem.
The ramshackle nature of the record, along with the unpredictability and boozy joyfulness all makes for the sunniest Wave Pictures album in quite some time, maybe ever. If you're inclined, why not crack open a bottle of your own favourite tipple, bang on Look Inside Your Heart and "rock out" with The Wave Pictures.