‘Constellations’ is the latest album from Antartica Takes It! and it is released on How Does It Feel To Be Loved? And as you’d expect from the HDIF stable this is delicate indiepop – that nods at Belle and Sebastian, Motown and Chamber Pop. It’s also the follow up to 2008′s The Penguin League (also released on HDIF). Confession time: I really didn’t get along with that LP and I found it a real mish mash of lo-fi sounds without having anything to draw me in.
So popping ‘Constellations’ on play the other day was done with little expectation. This should be a rule of thumb for all LPs, I think, because I’ve found myself pleasantly surprised by it.
The LP is a million times better than it’s predecessor – the pop music on show here is clever and clear – the closest sister LP I can think of at the moment is the one I’ve just released by One Happy Island. Admittedly Antarctica Takes It! pop sound definetely carries more of a 60′s swing to it’s step. But after only a few plays I am falling more and more for the pop charms on offer here. Highly recommended.