What does it sound like?:
Welcome to Brighter Future by The Sails, their 6th album in 15 years, (plus this year’s Best of 2006 to 2021 compilation, Bang,) and, for me, their best so far. I was lucky enough to get an early copy, so I’ve had it on repeat for a couple of weeks, and it still sounds fresh.
The Sails is Woking boy, and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Gagliano. This album demonstrates the growing maturity in Gagliano’s songs, and his uncanny ear for a killer melody.
Opener, Crying Out Loud, is a terrific way to announce the album’s arrival. Bold and brash, it stomps it’s way through 4 minutes and 7 seconds of guitar ecstasy. Fly So High is a mid-paced monster, that is just so catchy. Wild & Free is packed with jangly guitars and a melody to die for, Psych-pop at its very best.
Halfway Broken is a Sails classic. Tender, memorable and one of those songs which just seems to catch the mood. I think, at times, we’ve all been a bit broken, this part fifteen months.
Mojo called The Sails ‘the U.K’s best power pop act’ and, who am I to argue. They pump out guitar-led, echoey jewels of love and take you from Merseybeat to The La’s and back again.
This album is a big fat slab of British power pop which wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve, and it’s influences proudly.
What does it all *mean*?
Who cares? It’s just great pop music.
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
The La’s, Lennon, jangly guitars and The Beatles.