Perhaps one day some kind of genius musical scientist will come up with a formula for making pretty, touching music that lets us all do it as effortlessly as South. Well, we should be so lucky. On their latest, the London, England-based trio have crafted a seamless work of beauty. While the songs aren't necessarily that complex, the relative simplicity of the melodies and structures works in the band's favour, as the album slowly winds between the melancholic, bouncy New Order vibe on opener Shallow to the lush, acoustic strumming of Know Yourself. While sometimes dreamy and ethereal, South are able to bridge quieter moments with danceable, gloomy pop - simply speaking, a great achievement.
South play Lee's Palace Monday (April 3).