After the absolute brilliance of their 2017 Hit It album, Antwerp based Poppel return with more of their inimitable juxtaposition of muscular jangle-pop and the slightest of gaze inflections.
Poppel know how to flirt with the edges of genre parameters better tham most modern acts. Their higher tempo tracks like the brilliant opening duo of Flower and Listen and stand out Make Sense (see below), slather diluted Launder / The BV’s jangle-gaze over Olden Yolk style bubbling bass lines, whilst always retaining the sort of vocal clarity that Stephen’s Shore have perfected over the last few years. It’s a perfectly erudite depiction of all that is good about modern jangle-pop.
However, the album truly excels, when the insistance subsides and Poppel delve into the the various realms of all things that jangle in the lower tempo echelons. Here Don’t Wait exudes the laconic, spurious efforts of a Doug Tuttle/Evan Dando whilst the two genuinely beautiful tracks of Love (see below) and Land intimate Chad Van Gaalen and Boony Doon respectively. These tracks perhaps presume an extra sense of maturity in a band that has earned the right to fully believe in themselves on numerous levels.
After listening repeatedly to this album over the last couple of days, the realisation arises that this band have all the musical tools to be the absolute best within a 2010’s era that one day will be looked back at by jangle-pop enthusiasts with the same enthusiasm as the 80’s. Let’s hope nothing stands in their way!