Man & The Echo - 'Men Of The Moment'

8/10

Since the release of their eponymous debut album back in 2016, Warrington's Man & The Echo have been one of the best kept secrets on the UK's indie-rock scene. With a socially aware guise running through a bold and hearty selection of new-wave riffs and rhythms, the band have found themselves a cult pinnacle of excellence these last few years. And as the buzz finally comes to a head with the release of their highly-anticipated sophomore release 'Men Of The Moment', it is clear that the four-piece have looked to impress even more on their return.

Coming across like a British equivalent to Talking Heads, Man & The Echo have a familiar style but one that they can call their own. Opening up with the brilliant and vibrant 'Life On An Island', the group have this clear sense of irreverence about them, one that they try to keep in check through this new collection. From there it seems like they have tried to mash together as many offbeat influences as possible as 'A Capable Man' has hints of the art-rock aesthetic of Django Django, while the next singles 'Give Me The Pomp' and 'Pr Masterpiece' has a distinct Franz Ferdinand feel to it, keeping up the feel of a record that shifts and meanders as it plays.

Yet while their inspirations are clear, Man & The Echo have still managed to come out with a strong and impressive return that still retains plenty of originality. 'Men Of The Moment' has been their most high-profile release to date, and thankfully it doesn't fail the fans that have stood by them, nor will it put off anyone who are discovering them for the first time.

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