How exactly TDCC went from cute indie-pop darlings to just a lil' bit massive is tough to pinpoint. Debut record Tourist History certainly had its moments, they busted their gut for years on the touring circuit, plus they even caved in to The Man and soundtracked the odd TV ad (they've bills to pay, we get it). Still and all, second album Beacon is here and after the triumph of its forebear, it comes with a good deal of anticipation.
A minute in to starter 'Next Year' and the worming guitar lines are back to get us down on it. Trimble's warbling is as saintly as ever, which fused with 'Handshake's harsh love letter ("You'll never find love in another man" - ouch!) is freaky but effective. The words don't come any darker and stay aptly straightforward, and 'Someday' - the standout - takes the sweet jiving pit-a-pats to a whole other level; go see the self-help aisle if this doesn't shake you! All what's really going on is Tourist History in 3D; we've mucho catchy hooks yet they're every bit fatter.
And they even do the ballads right, as 'The World Is Watching' employs syrup-coated synths plus little-known guest singer Valentina's wispy vocals to end in a tasteful Death Cab-go-to-Narnia instance. This great love affair with Two Door doesn't stall here, but is strengthened by their best tunes yet; it's unashamed indie-bopping that's hard not to fall for and will only send them higher. If it wasn't for drawn-out title track 'Beacon' and wishy-washy single 'Sleep Alone' we'd hand 'em another star, although this band aren't far off from perfection.
Tracks to download: 'Handshake', 'Someday', 'The World Is Watching', 'Pyramid'
If you like this, you'll like: Phoenix, The Wombats, Passion Pit
Watch the video for Two Door Cinema Club's 'Sleep Alone' below: