ALBUM REVIEW: The Mysterines – Afraid of Tomorrows | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 21.06.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2022, The Mysterines set themselves a high standard with their top-ten debut album Reeling. Afraid of Tomorrows meets that standard, only with somewhat darker undertones, delving into brooding, introspective themes of human behaviour.

The Scouse four-piece’s album opens with a string of impressively compelling tracks. This begins with The Last Dance, for which vocalist Lia Metcalfe conjures the haunting and hopeless timbres of Siouxsie Sioux, matched by strangled distorted guitar atop a somehow threateningly jaunty rhythm section. Lead single Stray follows, exploring loneliness and the sense of passing points of no return. Until its closing title track, which resembles an unplugged Strokes dressing room rehearsal, Afraid of Tomorrows is a gloomy album made entrancing through exceptional artistry.

 

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