After spending much of the last week in transit on public transport in varying degrees of discomfort, I can honestly say that I wish I had found the new single from the world is not flat! a little sooner to be companion to my disgruntled state. Although the first bar leads one to expect that Yacht may have less than subtly reworked Nancy Sinatra‘s “These Boots are Made For Walking,” this illusion quickly dissipates as the train surges from the station. Reminiscent of Kings of Convenience‘s finer moments, the coupling of excitable acoustic guitars with understated bass picks up the pace a touch until we too “are moving through the still.” We are shown, passing “over muddy waters, earthy hills” that indeed the world is not flat!, and indeed neither is the song. Philip Larkin‘s “The Whitsun Weddings” springs to mind, although less for the overt cynicism and flowing vitriol and more for the simplicity of “the movement”. The occasional brandishing of a tambourine and flourish of handclaps is characteristic of this duo, with the triumphant brass choosing the right moment to interject. The tentative electric guitar appears to have stepped on to the wrong train, but wavers only for a moment without being sufficient to interrupt service. I have certainly waited for many afternoons whilst trapped on trains for a track like this, and I hope that “we will listen for days to come, we will whisper, we will write and we will hum” along.
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