The brand-new album from Indie kings Mystery Jets is here, and, after a 6-month delay due to frontman Blaine Harrison undergoing emergency surgery, we couldn’t wait to finally give it a listen.
The opening track, “Screwdriver,” immediately tells you everything you need to know about this album: it has a deeply relevant political message, thunderous riffs to guide you through each track, and poignant lyricism to ultimately make you want to be a better person.
“Pretty Drone” is up next and boasts a pleasant guitar rhythm and a powerful vocal delivery from Mr. Harrison. The trance-like melodies of “History Has Its Eyes On You” are a welcoming feature and guide us nicely into the powerhouse title track, which groups together a huge chorus, pounding rhythm section and blaring riffs.
Mystery Jets lower the tempo on “Endless City ” with its dreamlike synth backing, while “Hospital Radio” – a celebration of the NHS – successfully mashes together acoustic ambiance and spirited riffs with expert precision.
Indie anthem “Campfire Song” is undeniably for the stadium audience and finally, “Wrong Side Of The Tracks,” which is the closing song to this masterclass, finishes the album as it started: with conviction and flair.
A Billion Heartbeats ingrains a message of hope and positivity into the listener in these uncertain times, and it couldn’t be more welcome.
You can listen to A Billion Heartbeats now.
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