Everything Everything – Get To Heaven

Everything Everything – Get To Heaven

Everything Everything’s first album Man Alive was a gloriously quirky anomaly which provided just enough math to not rock Battles’ boat, just the right amount of Hot Chip humour and a potential in its choruses that hinted towards possible future stadium-sized stardom.

But their second album Arc shirked the quirk, in favour of isolated art-indie pieces, interspersed with increasingly radio-friendly indie pop anthems. Their quintessence remained, but it was clear where they really wanted to be.

Indeed, latest LP Get To Heaven shows Everything Everything’s true colours. Nirvana for them is obviously world domination. Lead single Distant Past combines EDM-esque rhythms with giant chorus melodies. As does album highlight and singalong Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread. Just imagine that chorus while in the crowd at Glastonbury!

But their stage times at Glastonbury this year belie Everything Everything’s main stage headline aspirations – early afternoon slots on the smaller stages rather than peak time on the Pyramid Stage. Jonathan’s idiosyncratic vocals are a perfect match for a Schoolin’ charm offensive, but less so on call/answer single Regret, as he tries to keep up with the mammoth size and accessibility their recent songwriting aspires to.

This is a fantastic 3rd effort from a still uniquely talented band. Everything Everything display musical prowess and lyrical invention throughout the record, without it ever seeming hackneyed nor forced. It could well see them reach far wider audiences than their indie/math-rock diehards of yesteryear. But will it help them get to Heaven?

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