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The last release by Lawrence McCluskey's Bubblegum Lemonade was back in 2010, but it's been no sabbatical as attentions were turned to his other band, Strawberry Whiplash, and their excellent 'Hits In The Car' album from last year. The sound, as ever, is pristine indiepop and the references range from indie band Heavenly to mobile phone games. Taken from forthcoming album 'Some Like It Pop' which is due this autumn, this single is the first to feature the expanded line-up, turning Bubblegum Lemonade from a solo project to a trio with the addition of bass player Chas and guitarist Brian. As ever, the songs here don't disappoint.
Lead-track 'Have You Seen Faith?' is a gorgeous and jangly ode to a girl that's both sadly reflective and joyously summery all at once. The melodies are typically wonderful and towards the end recall 'You Make Me Shine' from 'Hits In The Car'. As a "natural response" to Heavenly's 'Cool Guitar Boy', 'Cool Guitar Girl' is just a touch grittier, although we're still firmly in the realms classic Glasgow guitar-pop, and conjuring up more of those melodies seems like second nature. Breaking from the past (well, in the subject matter at least), 'Angry Birds' is a hymn to the game of the same name. Musically it's more sprightly C86-influenced pop, which is in keeping with the rest of the EP and rounds off another trio of timeless songs.
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