ALBUM REVIEW: The Chills – Scatterbrain | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Fire Records

Released: 14.05.21







Like the monolith opener that sucks us into the mix, evergreen New Zealand alt. pop band The Chills have produced a landmark album of our times. This is intelligent, articulate, guitar pop with an instantly recognisable Kiwi slant, that means it is big on melody, big on tunes and bigger still on words and ideas.

Having lived through a lot in their 30+ years, time could easily be slipping away in Hourglass but only if you are counting. Scatterbrains everywhere are fed untruths and kept in the dark. Yet there are Worlds Within Worlds to discover and prize, this album of wonders is a good place to start. In a right and just world every song would be a smash hit. Monstrously good.


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