The Present Is A Foreign Land (SO)
A comeback album from Norfolk alternative rockers Deaf Havana: despite the group having gone their separate ways, brothers Matty and James Veck-Gilodi continued making music as a two-piece. Embarking on a UK headline tour this November, The Present Is A Foreign Land should prove a hit in a live setting.
With a summery, light-hearted feel not unlike their previous works, re-establishing Deaf Havana’s recognisable sound from early on, opening track Pocari Sweat is nonetheless more chilled than much of the album’s alt-rock style. Later album highlights include 19 Dreams, Nevermind (the album’s leadoff single), Trying Falling and Kids, while Ider’s feature on Someone/Somewhere is a beautiful contribution.
The concluding Remember Me slows the album right down and finishes with a brilliant gospel choir-esque accompaniment. The Present Is A Foreign Land blends the songs of summer 2022 with Deaf Havana’s previous, beloved releases; a perfect comeback album by a previously separated group.
words RHIANNON FARR
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