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Hermit Crabs - Time Relentless EP

  by Dave Goodwin

published: 10 / 10 / 2012

Hermit Crabs - Time Relentless EP
Label: Matinee Recordings
Format: CDS


Dreamy indie pop on first EP in three years from Glasgow-based group, the Hermit Crabs

The Hermit Crabs have been linked to fellow Scots Camera Obscura in some quarters, and quite harshly by the critics too I might add. The band even add them on their influences list on Facebook along with the likes of Blondie. I suppose I can see that influence, but on this latest EP they seem to me to be breaking away from that link, although they did at one point share the same drummer I'm told. 'On the Spectrum' is the first track on this new EP, and its lyrics has us kissing in the rain while taking photos. It gets the EP off to a pleasant and strong start. It was the second track on the list that made my ears prick up. 'Time Relentless', the title track, starts with a Shirelles intro and lets you drift along with its lyrics which are taken from a poem about a cyclist. There are some great synth moments in here as well as Mel Whittle's soft honey vocals and versatile guitar work. It has a cool dreamy sound to drift away too. 'Stop This Now' is more up-beat with the addition of organs and flighty melodic harmonies. The last track 'So Blue' starts with a piano, and is about a friend supporting a friend who is in hospital at a crucial time . With a slight country feel, to it this EP drifts along enjoyably. Mel's vocal sounds more Dido-ish to me than their Glaswegian counterparts. Whilst being a little to easy-on-the-ear side for me, it is limited to just a thousand copies and should have no problems in selling out. Grab one while you can. After all, see that tickle in your ears, that's the Hermit Crabs!

Track Listing:-
1 On The Spectrum
2 Time Relentless
3 Stop This Now
4 So Blue

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