Mystery Jets – Curve of the Earth

Written for the Press Association music column, published on the Plymouth Herald and other sites.

We’re more than a decade on since Mystery Jets burst onto the scene in a whirl of jangly guitars and indie pop songs. After five albums and dipping their toes into a multitude of different genres, the South West London sevensome have produced their maturest sound to date. There’s been much talk of this album treading new musical pastures for the band, with Curve Of The Earth labelled “a suite of songs that could transcend our own ‘skull-sized kingdoms'” by the Jets themselves. Those expecting love ballads dedicated to the girl who lives two doors down, or ecstatic indie dancefloor fillers, should look elsewhere – this is a whole new musical enterprise. The most noticeable departure from previous musical offerings is in the introduction of orchestral strings, giving the record a cinematic feel quite disparate from anything the Jets have done before. The subject matter has changed considerably too, the band explores human DNA on opening track Telomere, yet the Jets still manage to deliver more musings on the complications of love on Taken By The Tide. Frontman Blaine Harrison croons: “Won’t it be strange/To see how we change/When we’re all grown up?” in finale track, The End Up. Despite some growing pains, the MJs have grown up pretty fantastically.