With their angular tunefulness and tantalizing touches of metallic clout, there’s something strangely irresistible going on with Corby quartet Acoda. Plate spinning genres may be one thing, yet the band’s breadth of influences are brought together in such tight-knit cohesion that it’s somewhat easy to miss the sheer scope of ‘Truth Seeker’ as we vault between sky-scraping hooks and alt-rock bluster.
Although the likes of wonderfully melodic opener ‘Make It Up As You Go’ and a simply colossal ‘Whispers Sound Like Roars’ are big, glossy delights, Acoda are undeniably at their best when they veer away from the obvious. Towering post-rock guitars (‘Hymnyin’) and moments of quiet reflection (‘Won’t Go Running’) exhibit a degree of subtle inventiveness, and throughout flights of instrumental fancy and sporadic glimpses of aggression all see the record not only sidestep the norm, but also hint at climbs which could well be explored further.
More than this, however, ‘Truth-Seeker’ is teeming with wide-screen choruses, the powerful melodic impact of ‘Face Everything’ and ‘Talk It Out’ imbuing these dynamic tracks with a sweetly profound infectiousness. Sometimes radio friendly, frequently hair-raising, always forwards looking, this is destined to be one of the most impressive sophomore LPs to emerge this year.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)