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The Shaky Hands Lunglight Review

Album. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

The walls and surfaces here are as much an instrument as the drums themselves.

Keira Burgess 2008

The Shaky Hands reckon they've grown up since their days as unsigned fledglings on hometown Portland's underground scene. Their self-titled debut was produced without the backing of a label, but since then they've found themselves a home and established themselves as the one and only Shakies, having refused to share the moniker with the now re-branded Cut Off Your Hands.

The sonic result of these two years life experience seems to be a slight darkening of the communal band outlook, although the songs on this collection thankfully retain their previous appealing buoyancy.

Opening with the hip-swinging jaunt, A New Parade: itself reminiscent of Supergrass at their youngest and most impish, the album bounces through a myriad of upbeat musical references. Among them The Strokes-like pace of We Are Young and the Doorsy psychedelia of Air Better Come are the highlights.

Nathan Delffs, percussionist and recent replacement drummer following the departure of founding member Colin Anderson, and adds extra interest to Love All Off with his echoey, atmospheric beats. The walls and surfaces here are as much an instrument as the drums themselves.

Show Me Your Life is country twang in both Jeff Lehman's guitar and Nicholas Delffs' vocal, and achieves that hardest of tasks, being both determinedly mid-tempo but also undeniably interesting.

Penultimate track, Wake The Breathing Light eases from a soft, picking intro to full-speed sixties beat, and its extended outro would be the perfect climax and conclusion to the album. Instead it is followed by the driest song on offer here, the forgettable piano ditty Oh No, for which burial amid the tracklist or total abandonment would perhaps have been the best option.

Fortunately it does nothing to detract from the positive pop collection The Shaky Hands have accomplished here. "Heaviness. Disortion. Licks" is their description. Add "fun", "unafraid" and "frantic", and Lunglight is summed up very well indeed.

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