The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension

Accessible, uplifting, rich and rewarding.

The Big Moon have delivered big.

‘Album’ of ‘the Week’

Label: Fiction
Released: 7th April 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

When an album comes along and hits you right between the eyes, from that point on the world isn’t going to sound or look the same. The run-up to this knockout has been one we’ve seen for a while now, The Big Moon aren’t just any ordinary band and have been effortlessly seizing our hearts with each and every banger from day one. With ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’, they have the blueprint and guidebook to their wonderful world – accessible, uplifting, rich and rewarding on each and every listen. The Big Moon have delivered big, and across 11 tracks they prove that vibrant and carefree indie-pop is more powerful than anything that can be chucked in front of it.

Designed to be bellowed back at them ten-fold, The Big Moon’s deal of bangers and bangers only fizzles and sparks throughout, with ‘Cupid’, ‘Sucker’ and ‘Silent Movie Susie’ getting larger and larger on each and every listen, an unabashed charm that’ll trigger swoons from the first hook. It takes the fun and winks of Britpop and ratchets them up to 11, with Knebworth-sized detours through ‘Formidable’ and ‘The End’ sounding second-nature to a band who mark themselves out as original on every turn. Distinctly of the here and now but already sounding classic, ‘The Road’ feels like a comforting old friend, the harmonies of ‘Happy New Year’ trigger early Libertines chills while the choppy calls of ‘Bonfire’ are the sort to elicit hysteria at the touch of a note. What they achieve is what the entire album captures, a smile in the face of everything and glistening hands-in-the-air moments that’ll soundtrack not just 2017 but years to come.

‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ sounds like four mates in a room staring straight at the biggest stages and dipping their paintbrushes, ready to paint their names in bold letters all over them. And that’s what makes The Big Moon so important. They’re not a cliche; they’re not a buzzed line or a catchy soundbite that’ll last for a few months and fill a few column inches. They’re a band set for something far bigger than that, and with ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ they have the uppercut to send everyone else spinning. Jamie Muir

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