Boomkat Product Review:
The first thing you hear when pressing play on The Early Years' eponymous debut is the Kraut influenced former single 'All Ones And Zeroes' - a majestic slice of indie grandness that hovers somewhere between Mogwai, Joy Division and Spiritualised, pumping along with an obvious Can infection behind the controls. With a set of stated influences that takes in Neu!, Can, Television, Velvet Underground, Acid Mother's Temple, Mogwai and Television, The Early Years (aka David Malkinson, Roger Mackin and Phil Raines) are evidently a couple of steps removed from the usual NME fodder, with their debut LP flitting nervously between motorik beats and swooping harmonies - where the listener is caught joyfully in the crossfire. Evidently harboring an Eno collection somewhere in their collection, The Early Years thoroughly understand the benefits of tailored production - as 'Things', 'The Simple Solution' and 'Song For Elizabeth' consummately illustrate. Pockmarked with incredulous melodies throughout, 'Musik Der Fruhen Jahre' is a prime example of The Early Years appeal - building a kinetic and airy musical beast from acoustic guitar, skipping-stone drums and chiming feedback. Elsewhere, 'So Far Gone' is a frayed chug of guitar pop that would sit happily on daytime radio, 'The Simple Solution' crossbreeds the Stone Roses, Smashing Pumpkins and Arcade Fire for a eulogistic five minutes, whilst 'Song For Elizabeth' is a sludgy yet poignant shimmer of layered guitar.