A REVIEW OF…THE PIGEON DETECTIVES – BROKEN GLANCES

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BROKEN GLANCES

Fifteen years since forming, THE PIGEON DETECTIVES have returned with fifth album BROKEN GLANCES. The legendary Leeds five-piece were one of the shapers of the 2005-2009 indie-rock golden era with albums Emergency and Wait For Me.

Having teased new music into their October dates last year, Broken Glances has strayed from their signature in-your-face, punchy, angsty sound. Instead, it is replaced with a delicate, melodic sound which ventures down electronic avenues. Of course, the sound they usually hold is still at the core of the band’s sound; Lose Control is a jagged, toe-tapping track, as is the progressive Stay With Me.

But it is the likes of piano-led Falling in Love that shows front-man Matt Bowman in a relaxed new light. Anyone who has seen The Pigeon Detectives live will agree he is as passionate as you get, so it will be interesting to see how he pulls off these slower ballads. Broken Glances opener Wolves sets the tempo and the mood of the record with an atmospheric sound and distant vocals.

The bulging synth sounds in Sounding the Alarm are a welcome development to the indie-rock maestros; a million miles from platinum selling debut Wait For Mebut a journey which has allowed The Pigeon Detectives mature and grow over five records.

In promotion of Broken Glances, The Pigeon Detectives are heading out on a twelve date UK tour next month. Tickets can be bought here.

Broken Glances is out now – limited signed copies available here.

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