Melody Club, above all else, are aptly named. Throughout their five-album career, they’ve never skimped on melody–never strayed from a flawless chorus or subtly compelling verse. They are pop music through and through, and don’t make apologies about it. Many would call them a guilty pleasure, but that doesn’t really mean anything. They are one of the decade’s most consistent, and most enjoyable, pop acts. With Human Harbour, they continue their streak of unbroken hits (or, realistically, hits-to-be/hits-that-could-have-been/hits-that-should-have-been).
They’ve done it again! Melody Club have yet to release a bad album, and while their latest is more melodically and rhythmically varied (ie: more-or-less a little ‘slower’ than we’re used to from the band), it’s a stellar collection of criminally catchy songs. I struggled to decide which track to share today (Dreamer’s Wasteland, with its inspired children’s choir is another must-listen), but eventually it came down to the oddly-titled Human Harvest. It was my initial standout, if for no other reason than its brazen epicness. It’s a stab at the Bohemian Rhapsody format of pop song. There are four distinct melodic parts, ranging from melodramatic ballad to rollicking 80′s arena rock. The story is an overblown drama concerning death and deals with the devil, but it’s the melody here that works wonders. It’s been stuck in my head for days and I’m a little worried that it isn’t going to leave. I’ll have a full review of the album, soon. In short: it’s great.